Peter Jelfs believes that tax practitioners can work with academics to make a vital contribution in tax policy development
Tax practitioners have a very important role to play in the development of UK tax policy. Their hands-on experience of the tax system and regular interactions with their taxpayer clients give them a depth of tax technical knowledge that tax policymakers in government simply
do not have. Given the vast amount of accumulated knowledge and experience within the profession, they are well placed to offer valuable opinions on what would make good (or bad) tax policy. Many already do so, either directly through their firm, or indirectly through bodies such as the CIOT.