New advisory service to provide solutions to the latest tax challenges facing the public sector

22-03-2011

Public sector staff are set to benefit from dedicated solutions to their organisation’s tax issues thanks to a new Tax Advisory Service developed by The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and Deloitte.

The service, devised following consultation with CIPFA members, will enable subscribers to benefit from a wide range of innovative features and a more flexible pricing structure.  Using the service will enable subscribers to gain quick and easy access to specialist advice on how to manage a range of tax issues, including: VAT, PAYE, NI, Corporation Tax and insurance Premium Tax.

Deloitte will also be working closely with CIPFA to help subscribers navigate the changing tax landscape, to provide their commentary and analysis on developments in the sector and to engage with stakeholders across Government and the public sector on strategic tax issues.

Managing Director of CIPFA Business, Jon Graham, said:
‘This new and exciting service will provide comprehensive and cost effective support to public sector finance staff. We are very confident that the combination of CIPFA's expertise in the public sector and Deloitte’s technical resources will ensure our subscribers will benefit.’

The Tax Advisory Service helpline will be staffed by a team of 15 of Deloitte’s regionally based Local Government tax specialists. They will be supported by a wider group of subject matter experts in other areas of the public sector such as Social Housing, Education and Health.  A centralised telephone/email service will also be available so that they can respond promptly to queries.

Head of Deloitte Public Sector Tax, Simon Prinn said:

‘We are delighted to be appointed as CIPFA’s professional tax partner.  We recognise that the plans for public sector reform in 2011 will produce a seismic shift in the tax landscape which will bring both challenges and opportunities.  We are fully committed to delivering CIPFA’s renewed Tax Advisory Service and utilising our combined networks to represent the needs of members in the face of such significant changes and on-going uncertainty.  We are tremendously excited about the planned programme of events and the opportunity it will offer to engage CIPFA’s members on the tax issues that really matter.’

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Contact: Lindsay Machin / Chloe Forbes
CIPFA Press Office
t 020 7543 /5645/5787
e lindsay.machin@cipfa.org.uk / chloe.forbes@cipfa.org.uk

Contact: Celine Gordine-Wright
Deloitte Press Office
t 0207 20 7007 6384
e cgordinewright@deloitte.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

1. Following a detailed consultation with CIPFA members and a rigorous tendering process, CIPFA has appointed a new partner to deliver a refreshed and improved Tax Advisory Service with the multi-tax package at a competitive £3,000 per annum. This is a 50 per cent price reduction compared to last year. In addition to the existing services offered last year, new monthly webinars and quarterly VAT clubs will keep subscribers updated on the latest tax news.

Subscribers will benefit from:

  • A comprehensive multi-tax helpline service, providing unlimited email/telephone access to central contacts, regional representatives and sub-sector specialists.
  • An annual meeting with CIPFA and Deloitte to discuss the subscriber's tax position.
  • Monthly tax webinars.
  • Exclusive access to a range of public sector focused publications, including:
  • Thought leadership pieces.
  • Tax news updates and commentary.
  • Budget alerts.
  • Access to joint forums/discussion groups; and
  • A 'one-stop shop' portal to manage the subscriber's Tax Advisory Service content.

2. About CIPFA

CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services. This includes the development of local professional qualifications in African countries like Lesotho and Nigeria and in Europe in post conflict states in the Balkans.