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HMRC presents transparency awards

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HMRC has presented a series of awards for advancing transparency in tax. In a ceremony at 11 Downing Street Dave Hartnett, HMRC’s Permanent Secretary for Tax, said: ‘Making the tax system simple and transparent is of vital importance. HMRC has to recognise that we cannot do this alone.’

The winners, chosen by their peers in the tax community, were:

  • John Andrews of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group, for ‘championing the cause of the unrepresented taxpayer and making a positive impact on UK tax administration’;
  • Teresa Graham, Chair of the Administrative Burden Advisory Board, for ‘making ABAB an example of best practice where the Government has engaged with business to identify ways to reduce administrative burdens’;
  • Julie Hughff, tax partner at KPMG, for ‘persuading clients of the benefits of good relationships between business and tax administrations and the early clarification of key business issues’; and
  • Peter van Dijk, Senior Vice President (Taxation) at TD Bank Financial Group, for his ‘commitment to bringing clarity to guidance on tax rules in the financial sector’.