The Association of Taxation Technicians 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 8,500 members and Fellows, together with over 5,000 students. Members and Fellows use the practising title 'Taxation Technician' or 'Taxation Technician (Fellow)' respectively.
The vision of the Association of Taxation Technicians is to remain the leading educational body in the field of compliance tax law and practice.
Our Charitable Objects
The objects for which the Association is established are:
(A) to advance public education in and promote the study of the administration and practice of taxation and the principles of economic and political science in relation to taxation and public finance;
(B) (i) to prevent crime and
(ii) to promote the sound administration of the law for the public benefit
by promoting and enforcing standards of professional conduct amongst those engaged in the provision of advice and services in relation to taxation and monitoring and supervising their compliance with money laundering legislation.
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 2017 for members in practice; and
- provides grants to other bodies which have similar or parallel charitable objects.