About the Association
The Association is a charity and the leading professional body for those providing UK tax compliance services. Our primary charitable objective is to promote education and the study of tax administration and practice. One of our key aims is to provide an appropriate qualification for individuals who undertake tax compliance work. Drawing on our members' practical experience and knowledge, we contribute to consultations on the development of the UK tax system and seek to ensure that, for the general public, it is workable and as fair as possible.
Our members are qualified by examination and practical experience. They commit to the highest standards of professional conduct and ensure that their tax knowledge is constantly kept up to date. Members may be found in private practice, commerce and industry, government and academia.
The Association has over 7,400 members and Fellows together with over 5,000 students.Members and Fellows use the practicing title of 'Taxation Technician' or ‘Taxation Technician (Fellow)’ and the designatory letters 'ATT' and 'ATT (Fellow)' respectively.
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London SW1P 1RT
Tel: 020 7340 0551 or *0844 251 0830
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Our Charitable Objectives
The vision of the Association of Taxation Technicians is to remain the leading educational body in the field of compliance tax law and practice.
The Association's charitable objects are to advance public education in, and promote the study of, the administration and practice of taxation, to achieve improvements in, and the simplification of, the administration and practice of taxation in the UK, and to prevent crime.
To do this it:
- provides through examination a qualification "Taxation Technician" for persons engaged in tax compliance work;
- runs conferences and training courses;
- publishes (jointly with the Chartered Institute of Taxation) the monthly journal Tax Adviser;
- issues annotated copies of Finance Acts and other technical material;
- liaises with and makes submissions to the Revenue authorities and government on the improvement and simplification of taxation compliance issues and relevant tax legislation;
- maintains standards of professional conduct for members;
- provides eligibility to take the examination of the Chartered Institute of Taxation;
- operates an anti-money laundering scheme under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 for members in practice; and
- provides grants to other bodies which have similar or parallel charitable objects. For guidance click here.
Ethics and Discipline
All members are subject to an ethical code that governs their professional conduct. Reported breaches of the code, or failings in the quality of service, are referred to The Taxation Disciplinary Board. This is an independent organisation established by the Association and the Chartered Institute of Taxation to handle all complaints against members of both bodies. If the alleged breach of ethics or standards is established by the Disciplinary Committee of The Taxation Disciplinary Board it can impose penalties or, in a serious case, exclusion from membership.
Management of the Association
The affairs of the Association are directed and managed by a Council, supported by the following committees and working parties:
- Leadership Team
- Student Steering Group
- Finance Steering Group
- Business Development Steering Group
- Member Steering Group
- Tax Adviser Sub-Committee
- Joint Branches Sub-Committee
- Conferences Working Party
- Professional Standards Committee
- Money Laundering Working Party
- Professional Rules and Practice Guidelines Working Party
- Technical Steering Group
Continuing Professional Development
The Association organises conferences for members and students which are open to non-members.
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There are 33 branches run in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Taxation catering for the requirements of the members and students within their areas.
Each branch has its own Committee, on which there is an ATT representative. The principal activity of the branches is to hold frequent evening meetings to discuss topical tax issues, assess current problems and exchange information. Non-members are also welcomed to these meetings. Attendance at such meetings contributes to the compulsory CPD Scheme. Many of the branches organise half-day, one-day conferences and social events such as quiz evenings and annual dinners, for which charges may be made.
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The Association and the Chartered Institute of Taxation issue a monthly journal, Tax Adviser. Members are also provided with technical tax books which has included an annotated copy of the Finance Act, Tolley's Tax Guide and Bloomsbury Tax Rates and Tables.