International: CFE Tax Advisers Europe: our presence and focus

24 June 2022

CFE Tax Advisers Europe met in Brussels over 12-13 May for a series of committee meetings and a General Assembly. The CIOT was represented at the General Assembly by Helen Whiteman, Chief Executive, alongside fellow UK member organisation, the ICAEW’s Tax Faculty. 

CIOT volunteers play a pivotal role on all of the CFE’s technical committees and special thanks are extended to:

  • Julia Cockroft and Makayla White, members of CFE’s New Tax Professionals committee;
  • Jeremy Woolf, Chair of the Fiscal committee’s Indirect Taxes sub-committee;
  • Chris Lallemand, member of the Fiscal committee’s Direct Taxes sub-committee;
  • Ian Hayes, Chair of the Tax Technology committee (and CIOT Council member);
  • Paul Aplin, member of the Tax Technology committee and Chair of its MTD Taskforce (and CIOT Council member);
  • Alistair Cliffe and Head of Professional Standards Jane Mellor who represent CIOT on the Professional Affairs committe; and
  • Gary Ashford who is one of CFE’s Vice Presidents (and CIOT Deputy President). 

A wide range of topics were covered at each of those meetings including:

  • the draft directive in relation to Pillar 2;
  • the proposed ‘unshell’ directive;
  • drafting an opinion statement on the treatment of VAT on compensation payments;
  • the taxation of cryptocurrencies;
  • the regulation of tax advisers;
  • findings from a CFE wide survey on Making Tax Digital; and
  • the progress made by the respective administrations in each jurisdiction.

Further information about CFE can be found at, as well as the committee meeting discussions. To find out more about the CFE, its origins and our membership, please read our article in Tax Adviser magazine at

In September, CFE will meet to consider the election of a new CFE President, our role in the climate change agenda and a continuance of the tax technical committee discussions, consultations, opinions and sharing best practice across member jurisdictions.


Jeremy Woolf, Chair of the Fiscal committee’s Indirect Taxes sub-committee (far left), in panel discussion


Helen Whiteman, CIOT Chief Executive, and Nick Parker, Past president of ICAEW, at the General Assembly