The Finance Innovation Lab first Tax Assembly needs your presence

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It would be good to have strong civil society participation at this event. I will be there:

The Finance Innovation Lab in conjunction with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Tax Faculty invite you to our first Tax Assembly.

When: Friday 13 June, 09.30 - 17.00

Where: The Great Hall, Chartered Accountants’ Hall, Moorgate Place, London, EC2R 6EA 

The financial crisis and its aftermath moved tax to the centre stage of public debate. It is central to our thinking about the economy, about what activities should be encouraged, about social justice, citizenship and the type of society we want. Yet public trust in the tax system has been damaged by a number of developments. Underlying much of the public concern in recent years are questions about what society wants from the tax system and whether it is fit for purpose.

To facilitate an open conversation The Finance Innovation Lab and ICAEW Tax Faculty are calling an assembly of all stakeholders.  The Assembly seeks to look at the tax system in the round and ask: is the system working as it should and, if not, what can be done to change it? The aim of the day will be to develop pathways of action to help us build a better tax system.

What works in the tax system and what doesn’t? Is there a fundamental need to rethink the tax system? Are the right things being taxed? Does the current system deliver the right result for society as a whole? If it doesn’t, what needs to be changed? Why has public trust been damaged and how should it be repaired? What part do we all play in the tax system and what should be our roles and responsibilities in helping to build a better tax system?

Speakers and the plan for the day will be announced shortly. However, we want this to be an ‘open house’ discussion where everyone is encouraged to be an active participant in the discussions and not afraid to say what they think. For the Assembly to succeed we would like you to share your views and thoughts. Above all, we would like you to challenge viewpoints and assumptions, including your own.