The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has appointed John Cullinane as the organisation’s new Tax Policy Director. He takes over from Patrick Stevens.
John retired from Deloitte London in May 2015, having lead the Firm’s Tax Quality and Risk function division. He has a long standing interest in tax policy issues and has worked with governments and international finance centres to develop more effective and competitive tax policies.
Commenting, CIOT President Chris Jones said:
“John is taking up this role at an exciting time – the profile of tax issues in Parliament, press and public debate remains sky high and the need for the tax profession to make its voice heard in the corridors of power has never been greater.
“As our lead spokesperson to both media and political audiences, John will be leading on communicating our objectives to policy-makers and opinion-formers. These include the need for greater simplicity and clarity in the tax system, so people can understand how much tax they should be paying and why, and a fair balance between the powers of the tax authorities and the rights of taxpayers.”
John Cullinane added:
“I am delighted to be taking over as the Institute’s new Tax Policy Director.
“Tax continues to be front page news but the need for explanation, education and careful technical scrutiny of the details is as great as ever. I will never forget that the reason the Institute speaks with authority and is listened to by the key tax decision-makers is the expertise of our 17,000 members, including the more than 200 members who sit on our technical sub-committees formulating our responses to government and other consultations.
“I am particularly looking forward to representing the Institute in debates at next month’s political party conferences. Promoting forums for discussion of tax issues is at the heart of what we are for and taking the debate to politicians – government and opposition – is a key part of this.”
John Cullinane was a senior tax partner at Deloitte and an elected member of the board of partners at Deloitte LLP. He specialised in financial, international and corporate tax and in advising public authorities and others on developing taxation systems and on tax issues concerning creating successful Financial Centres. Projects for sovereign governments include involvement in Deloitte’s work for the Foot Review for the UK Treasury on UK offshore financial centres. He also led the tax component of the Qatar Financial Centre project from the feasibility stage through to detailed design work on the proposed tax regime.
John Kinsella is joining the American Bankers Association next month as vice president of tax policy.
In his new role, Kinsella will serve as ABA’s technical expert on tax legislation, as well as advocate for member banks in the areas of federal and state corporate taxation, international bank taxation, tax procedure, compliance, financial products and services.
Kinsella joins from U.S. Bank, where he served as senior vice president and director of tax. At U.S. Bank. Prior to this he worked at EY, most recently as senior tax manager.
EY has recruited Alexa Claybon into its National Tax department in Washington.
Ms Claybon has been with the US Dept of Treasury since 2011, working in the Office of Tax Policy. She was formerly a Tax Director at PwC.
She was educated at Northeastern University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.
Mark Chapman has joined H&R Block in Australia. His role will involve the development of the Firm’s green paper which detailing H&R Block’s perspectives on the future of the Australian tax system.
He will also be responsible for building HRB Australia Tax Institute whilst developing, maintaining and executing the HRB regulator engagement strategy.
Mr Chapman trained in tax in the UK with Grant Thornton before moving onto Baker Tilly, where he was a Senior Tax Manager. He moved to Melbourne in 2007 to join the ATO and was a Senior Director when he left in 2013. He was Head of Tax Products and Services at Taxpayer Australia until 2015, when he started his own practice as a freelance tax consultant, writer and lecturer.
Eversheds has announced the appointment of leading HMRC tax and funds expert, John Buckeridge, who joins the firm as a Consultant.
John Buckeridge joins from HMRC, where he was a policy and technical adviser on collective investments in the Financial Products and Services Team (part of the Corporation Tax, International, Stamps and Avoidance group). In that role, John worked with industry stakeholders, HM Treasury and Ministers to maintain and develop tax legislation relating to collective investment schemes and their investors.
In particular, John led the HMRC team on a variety of positive legislative changes for developing UK competitiveness as a centre for management and domicile of funds. He also worked with operational tax colleagues to resolve specific customer issues.
Commenting on his appointment, John said:
“Having worked with Eversheds for a number of years, I have been very impressed by their work in the investment funds and asset management sector. I’ve been at HMRC for well over a decade and am keen to join private practice. The firm’s specialist work in my area of expertise made it a natural fit and I look forward to working closely with my new colleagues and further developing the practice.”
Cathryn Vanderspar, at Eversheds, commented:
“John is one of the UK’s foremost experts in tax issues relating to collective investment schemes and we are thrilled that he has decided to join our successful City practice. John’s knowledge of the sector together with his technical tax experience will be invaluable to our clients as products develop and legislative changes continue to take place.”
EY announced today that Sean Hailey, former Tax Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, has re-joined Ernst & Young LLP as a partner with the firm’s National Tax Department – International Tax Services in Washington, DC.
As a Tax Advisor with the House Committee on Ways and Means, Hailey helped formulate international tax policy and draft tax reform proposals primarily focusing on moving the U.S. international tax system to a territorial tax system.
“Sean’s extensive and wide-ranging knowledge of complex tax reform provisions relating to International Tax will be particularly valuable to our clients who need to prepare and plan for the development of new international tax standards,” said Michael Mundaca, co-director of the firm’s National Tax Department. “He has spent his career focused on the practical application and effects of the international tax rules, both in government and in the private sector, and that experience will be invaluable to our clients.”
Prior to his seven years with the House Committee on Ways and Means, Hailey spent four years with the International Tax group of Ernst & Young LLP in the Northeast region. In that role he focused on advising U.S. multinational clients on domestic and foreign taxation issues as well as strategic transactions, including acquisition structuring and financing structures.
Hailey earned his Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Taxation from Fordham University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The College of the Holy Cross.
Former U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Dave Camp, has joined PwC US as a senior policy advisor based in its Washington National Tax Services (WNTS) practice.
Recognized for his leadership in advancing federal tax reform, Chairman Camp led the Ways and Means Committee for the last four years until retiring from Congress earlier this year. In his role at PwC, he will continue to focus on the economic, tax, international trade and health care policy issues that were his responsibility as Ways and Means Committee Chairman and his passion during the 24 years he served in the House.
“Dave Camp is a luminary in his field, and we are honored that he has chosen to join PwC,” said Bob Moritz, chairman and senior partner of PwC US. “His commitment to removing barriers to trade and ability to work on a bipartisan basis resulted in the enactment of significant trade agreements. His vision regarding the critical need for tax reform as the catalyst for U.S. competitiveness has paved the way for the changes our economy needs over the next few years.”
Added Mark Mendola, vice-chairman and tax leader of PwC US, “Dave’s willingness to take on the herculean task of developing the most comprehensive tax reform proposal since the mid-1980s is testament to his ability to do what others considered impossible. Chairman Camp’s bill will serve as the foundation for the tax reform discussion that lies ahead of us. His impact on tax policy has been enormous. I know our clients look forward to hearing his insights, learning more about his innovative thinking and seeking his assistance in effecting change, qualities that served him so well in Congress.”
As Ways & Means Chairman, Mr. Camp served as part of the House Republication leadership and played a major role in the formation of policy on a wide range of issues. He was engaged in the Committee’s work on tax, international trade, Medicare, Social Security and fiscal policy issues for more than two decades. In December 2014, he introduced the Tax Reform Act of 2014, the most comprehensive tax reform proposal since the mid-1980s. The Camp proposal, as it became known, is widely recognized as an important foundation for significant business and international tax reform in the future.
In addition to his Ways & Means chairmanship, Mr. Camp was a member of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) for six years, serving as Chairman in 2011 and 2013 and Vice Chairman in 2012 and 2014. He also served on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, created in February 2010 to identify policies to improve the U.S. fiscal situation after the deep economic downturn. While on the Commission, Chairman Camp co-led the Tax Reform Working Group and was a member of the Mandatory Spending Working Group. Subsequently, he was one of 12 members of the bipartisan Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, formed in 2011.
In his role at PwC, Mr. Camp will provide his perspective to PwC clients on important federal policy issues, including tax reform, the economy and the impact of proposed policy changes on businesses. He will help PwC clients navigate the dynamic legislative and regulatory process to develop successful strategies and advance policies meant to improve economic growth and competition in global markets. He will also provide valuable insight on the global business environment, including issues specific to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) initiatives.