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CIOT/IFS debate: The future of tax simplification

In July 2010 the newly elected coalition government created an Office of Tax Simplification and appointed John Whiting, then CIOT tax policy director, as its first tax director.

Seven years on, following his departure from the OTS, John will draw on his experience with the OTS to reflect on the prospects for tax simplification. What has worked, what hasn't and what lessons can be drawn for the future?

Following John’s speech there will be responses from Judith Knott (formerly HMRC and HM Treasury) and Jonathan Riley (Head of Tax, Grant Thornton), followed by a general discussion chaired by Helen Miller (Institute for Fiscal Studies), with the opportunity for audience members to contribute and ask questions.


The debate will conclude by 20:00 and will be followed by a drinks reception. This event is free to attend but must be registered for.

This is the ninth in a series of lectures and debates being organised by the CIOT and the IFS to promote debate among policy-makers, opinion-formers and the wider tax and economics communities on the future of the UK and international tax systems.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Karina Pomeranceva at