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Tolley's Taxation Award Categories

Best International Tax Team
This is open to international teams in larger firms or independent firms specialising in international tax. Firms can offer a broad range of international experience or expertise in a particular area of international tax, not only business taxes, but also the taxation of internationally mobile employees or international tax for high net worth individuals.
 
Best Digital Innovation
This award is to acknowledge the increasing important of the digital agenda in the world of tax. The judges will be looking for professional advisory firms and software companies which have taken an innovative approach to problem solving and/or taxes management through digital platforms.
 
Best specialist team within a larger firm
This award is open to recognisably distinct teams within a firm which specialises in a tax area which is not covered by one of the other specific awards. It is not intended for independent consulting firms, who have their own award category. If you have any questions about whether you are eligible to enter this category please contact us.
 
NEW - Best Employer in Tax
This is a new category and the entry criteria will be detailed shortly. Please contact us if you have any questions.
 
Best Independent Tax Consultancy Firm
The judges will be looking for independent firms who work is predominantly tax consultancy rather than a traditional compliance and advisory practice. The category is not primarily aimed at consultancy divisions of larger tax practices or for firms whose expertise falls within one of the other specialist categories but the judges will be prepared to consider entries from distinct consultancy businesses within larger firms provided that that division does not qualify in one of the other award categories. If you are in any doubt about eligibility please contact us.
 
Best In-House Tax Team
This award is designed to recognise the important position of in-house tax department in industry and business in dealing with the tax affairs of their employer. It is also open to in-house teams in the public and third sector.
 
Best In-house Tax Leader
This category will recognise the in-house tax leader in 2019/20. With tax of increasing importance on the Boardroom agenda, the role of the in-house Head of Group Tax / Tax Director has never been more important. The winner will be responsible for the tax affairs of his/her organisation, and the judges will also take into account wider considerations, such as the extent to which he/she has acted as a true business partner, developed their team or made a contribution to the wider tax community. Nominees are often put forward by their peers, though you may also apply yourself.
 
Best Corporate or Business Tax Practice
This award will go to the best corporate or business tax practice in 2019/20. The award is open to firms advising corporates on any aspect of their tax affairs, such as: the tax aspects of corporate, commercial and financial transactions; advising on significant tax planning assignments; managing tax and reputational risk; supporting efficient compliance and reporting processes; and transfer pricing issues.
 
Best Private Client Tax Practice
This is intended for a tax practice which predominantly looks after high net worth clients. It is open to practices of all sizes.
 
Best Tax Disputes / Investigations Team
This award seeks to find a top-quality team which specialises in tax investigation and/or dispute resolution work, providing effective solutions to clients and managing the difficult demands of enquiry work.
 
Best Tax Practice in a Regional Firm
This award is for tax and accountancy firms which, while not having a national presence, operate from more than one main office and provide a general tax service direct to clients (tax consultancy teams have a specialist category).
 
Best VAT/Indirect Tax Team
This award will go to a team that has proven specialist skills in providing exceptional advice in the field of indirect tax. The winning team may cover the entire spectrum of indirect taxes or specialise in one or more niche areas.
 
Best New Tax Practice
This award recognises that start up practices may not yet be ready to compete on equal terms with their long-established counterparts but which have started to establish themselves in the market place. New in this context means commencing on or after 1 January 2016. The judges will be particularly looking for wholly new firms but will consider applications from existing firms general practice or law firms who have set up their own tax practices within the last 3 years.
 
Best Single Office Tax Practice
This is open to any tax or accountancy firm run from a single office (regardless of the number of principals or employees) offering a general tax service direct to clients. As well as applying the criteria applicable to the regional tax practice category as appropriate, judges will be looking for evidence of the extra level of personal service and commitment which these practices can offer their clients. Firms which have one main office and one or two small satellite offices may be eligible to enter this category but should seek the advice of the award organisers before putting in an entry.
 
Best Rising Star in Tax
This award will go to an individual who, while not yet at the height of their career, is rapidly making a name for himself or herself in the tax world. It is open to those with at least 3 years post qualification experience who specialise in any tax discipline, and anywhere within the UK tax profession.
 
Lifetime Achievement Award
This award recognises an individual who has made a sustained and significant impact in tax during the whole of their career, as opposed solely to achievements in the last year. The judges will consider the unique qualities which have earned this individual the respect of their colleagues and peers. Past winners have normally been acknowledged current, or very recently retired, leaders within the tax profession.
 
Tolley's award for outstanding contribution to taxation
For the individual who has made the most positive contribution to the tax profession in 2019/20. To ensure this award reflects the view of the UK tax profession, we will invite tax professionals to nominate individuals for this award. The judges will then draw up a shortlist, from which tax professionals will be able to vote for the winner.