The ICAS Tax Team

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ICAS has an exceptionally strong tax team with diverse skills and experience, dispersed around the UK to provide optimum access to ICAS members and tax authorities.

What does the team do?

Key objectives include the delivery of tax support and representation to members, and policy work and liaising with the tax authorities.

Fundamental components of this include influencing the technical (as distinct from the party political) content of tax legislation through proactive submissions in advance of each annual Budget and each intermediate Autumn or Spring Statement at Westminster, and in a variety of other ways.

The team respond to technical consultations from Treasury and HMRC, based on the views of ICAS committees and individual members. They review draft tax legislation, tracking changes to it during its passage through Parliament. They hold meetings with appropriate Treasury officials and the tax authorities on policy and operational matters, and submit written and oral evidence to Parliamentary inquiries.

Devolution has added a new element to UK tax law and practice in recent years. With Scotland ahead of Wales and Northern Ireland in having fiscal and welfare powers devolved from Westminster, ICAS is uniquely placed to participate in the new processes and works closely in Edinburgh with the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee and with Revenue Scotland.

While ICAS represents members of all political persuasions and therefore avoids taking any party political stance, the team seeks to engage with politicians of all parties where this is likely to facilitate technical improvements in tax law and practice.

Charlotte Barbour, Director of Tax

Charlotte  is based at CA House but travels extensively – attending key meetings in London and elsewhere in the UK, and representing ICAS from time to time in Brussels and at other locations overseas. Working alongside her in Edinburgh are the team’s two personal assistants, Carol Ferguson and Jennie Shields, who play an essential role interfacing with the ICAS tax committees and with members.

Susan Cattell, Head of Tax (England and Wales)

Susan runs the International and Large Business Committee and the Private Client Committee and deals with a wide range of complex technical work. Based in the south east, she is ideally located to meet with Treasury and HMRC officials in London.

Philip McNeill, Head of Tax (Tax Practice and Small Business Taxes)

Philip is based in rural Dumfriesshire and runs the Small Business Tax Committee. Among his other duties he has been spearheading the ICAS responses to HMRC’s controversial proposals for Making Tax Digital.

Justine Riccomini, Head of Tax (Scottish Taxes, Employment and ICAS Tax Community)

Justine leads on all matters relating to devolution and employment law. Based in West Yorkshire, she also heads the development of the ICAS online community and publishes the new monthly online tax magazine, CA Tax.

If you would like to contact the ICAS Tax team. please visit our contact us page.

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