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Tolley's Outstanding Contribution to Taxation in 2018/19

This year it's your chance to pick a winner! The judges have selected the shortlist below from the nominations received and now we are calling for all tax professionals to cast your vote. The individual with the most votes will win the Tolley's Outstanding Contribution to Taxation award at the awards night on 16 May. Voting is anonymous and closes at midnight on 25 April.

VOTE HERE


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Lynnette Bober

Lynnette is a Director at Rawlinson & Hunter. She is a member of various professional bodies (ICAEW, CIOT and STEP) and an associate member of the CIArb. She specialises in the field of personal taxation (including the taxation of trusts). She also lectures and contributes to various publications. Lynnette is heavily involved with the technical work of the professional bodies. She is the Deputy Chair of the ICAEW Tax Faculty Private Client Committee. Most recently she has carried out significant work with respect to the 2017 and 2018 changes to the taxation of foreign domiciliaries and offshore trusts. 
Why vote for Lynnette? For sterling work in helping to guide us all through the mysteries of offshore trusts.

Keith Gordon

This year I have spoken out in defence of those affected by the loan charge, in particular through live evidence to the House of Lords, the Treasury Select Committee and the Loan Charge APPG. Although I do not condone tax avoidance, I consider that the loan charge represents an unjustified retrospective imposition, which undermines the balance in the tax system and sets a dangerous precedent. I continue to lecture widely and write articles in Taxation and Tax Adviser. A new edition of my book on Discovery Assessments was published this year. My recent cases include representing Lorraine Kelly in her successful IR35 appeal. 
Why vote for Keith? For speaking up for those affected by the controversial loan charge, and for supporting taxpayers on challenges over discovery assessments and IR35, in particular?

Claire Hooper

Claire Hooper is an International Tax partner at EY and Head of their Technical Policy and Knowledge team. She is a member of the CBI Tax Committee, amongst others, and chairs the CIOT Corporate Tax Committee. Through regular engagement with HMRC, HM Treasury, the OECD and overseas authorities, she brings insight to taxpayers on the latest technical developments. This year a key focus has been on the taxation of the digital economy, including sharing the stage with Mel Stride MP on this at the Conservative conference. She presents regularly on EY’s Tax Focus webcast series and is responsible for EY’s weekly Midweek Tax News. 
Why vote for Claire? For major contributions to the public discussion on taxation, particular in regard to the challenges of the digital economy.

Ray McCann

Ray McCann is a partner in Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP based in London. He specialises in HMRC disputes and investigations and advises both corporate and private wealth clients on onshore and offshore tax issues. Ray has over 40 years of experience in UK and International tax issues and was formerly a senior HMRC Inspector and held roles in Special Compliance Office, the Anti-Avoidance Group, the Large Business Service and Revenue Policy. In 2004 Ray oversaw the introduction of the “DOTAS” rules and prior to that had set up the Business Tax Clearance Team and the Avoidance Intelligence Unit. Ray is a Fellow and the current President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. 
Why vote for Ray? For his tireless work as CIOT president , in particular in the way that he has brought professional standards right to the heart of the institute’s work.

Pete Miller

Pete has worked in tax for 31 years, starting as an Inspector of Taxes where he had roles in Policy and Technical Divisions and was the Inland Revenue’s expert on distributions. He spent 11 years in ‘Big 4’ firms, specialising in corporate transactions, before founding The Miller Partnership, which advices other advisers on transactions in securities, reorganisations, reconstructions, distributions, partnerships, Patent Box, HMRC clearances and intangible assets. Pete speaks and writes regularly on tax and is General Editor of Whiteman and Sherry on Capital Gains Tax and on Income Tax and is on the Editorial Boards of Taxation, The Tax Journal and Simon’s Taxes. 
Why vote for Pete? For the important contribution he made to ensuring that the problems with the new Entrepreneurs’ relief clauses in the Finance Bill were identified and for constructive engagement with HMRC in finding a solution.

Heather Self

Heather Self is a corporate tax partner at Blick Rothenberg. She was one of the founders of Women in Tax (www.womenin.tax), and chaired it from its formation in 2015 until November 2018. Throughout her career she has sought to be a role model and to mentor and encourage younger women in the profession. In addition, Heather is a regular commentator on tax matters, with her “Self’s Assessment” column in Tax Journal and frequent appearances on the BBC. She tweets as @hselftax and also for Women in Tax as @womenintax, with almost 4,000 followers on each account. 
Why vote for Heather? For raising the level of debate in tax and supporting gender equality in the profession.

Victoria Todd

Victoria Todd is a CTA Fellow and Head of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) team at the Chartered Institute of Taxation. LITRG give a voice to those who can’t afford to pay for tax advice. She is also a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee. For the last 14 years, she has focused on the complex interactions between the tax and benefit systems and regularly appears in the media and before Parliamentary Committees to highlight problem areas. Victoria writes extensively about these issues and is editor of the Revenuebenefits website for advisers – one of four LITRG websites that together attracted nearly 5 million visitors in 2018. 
Why vote for Victoria? For her valuable work supporting those who can’t afford to pay for tax advice.

David Whiscombe

For 25 years Senior Tax Partner of BKL, David Whiscombe is now a consultant to the firm. He writes BKL’s popular BrassTax commentaries (which have earned 2400 mailing subscribers and further readers in Tax Journal) and free webinars for fellow tax professionals. He is currently writing Partnership Taxation 2019/20 and co-writing Tax Planning 2019/20 for Bloomsbury Professional. David acts as tax mentor within BKL, represents the firm in disputes with HMRC and is in demand as an expert witness. He continues to support BKL’s leading team of tax consultants and foster an interest in tax in the wider firm. 
Why vote for David? For all round technical excellence and for demonstrating that individuals from smaller firms can be significant commentators in the tax debate.