Press release: Double-decker celebration for ATT

The Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) has more than 9,000 members. The announcement by the professional body coincides with its 30th anniversary celebrations.

The Association is a charity and the leading professional body for those providing UK tax compliance services. The ATT will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a reception at the London Transport Museum tonight (Thursday).

ATT Executive Director Jane Ashton said:

“We are delighted to announce that we have broken the 9,000 member barrier. This matters because members of the ATT commit to the highest standards of professional conduct and can demonstrate to their employer and clients that their tax knowledge and skills are sharp and kept up to date.

“We urge more tax professionals to join our 9,000-plus ATT members to enhance their career potential and support their professional development.”

Achieving and maintaining the ATT qualification demonstrates to an employer and client that a benchmark has been achieved. On achievement of the ATT Qualification and with two years' experience, students can apply for ATT membership.

The ATT is also part of the Level 4 Professional Tax Technician Apprenticeship standard. And the ATT in partnership with Tolley Exam Training offer online Foundation Qualifications in personal taxation, business taxation and VAT compliance.

The ATT will hold its 30th anniversary reception at the London Transport Museum tonight. Three of the ATT’s founding members are set to receive ‘certificates of appreciation’ at the event from current ATT President Tracy Easman. They are Malcolm Gammie QC, Roy Jennings and Tony Ring. Three other founding members - David Frost, Jennifer Ainsworth and Adam Broke – have been sent certificates by mail. The seventh founding member, John Hardy, will be remembered by Tracy at the event.

Speaking ahead of the event, Roy Jennings, the ATT’s first ever president, said:

“The formation of the Association was the culmination of over two years of planning and research – with no certainty that the new professional body would be successful. I cannot speak too highly of the team who worked together on it. The foundations were laid not simply for a successful organisation but for one that constantly looks forward and which is prepared to take a leading role in innovation.”

In her speech at the event Tracy Easman, current ATT President, will pay tribute to the efforts of volunteers who maintain the joint ATT/CIOT branches across the UK, and will say:

“In this week, with Making Tax Digital starting on Monday, and as we look ahead to the start of a new tax year on Saturday, we should celebrate the adaptability of the tax profession and of ATT members in particular – coping with everything that the modern world can throw at us – change, challenge, uncertainty. Through all this ATT continues to grow and thrive.”

Photographs from the event will be available on request.

Notes for editors

1. The Museum was chosen as the venue for the invitee-only reception because current ATT President Tracy Easman’s father worked for London Transport for more than 34 years.

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