Leeds: Networking with Confidence

WiT Leeds are very pleased to invite you to the first of our interactive skills sessions which will be led by Georgiana Head of Georgiana Head Recruitment on the eve of International Women’s Day and Budget Day – a double whammy of excitement for us Women in Tax!  

The topic for the first session is “Networking with Confidence”. It will be hosted at Pinsent Masons offices in Leeds (1 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5AB) from 4:30pm onwards on Tuesday 7 March 2017.

The session itself will run for around 1 hour and there will be an opportunity to put your confident networking into practice afterwards with some drinks and nibbles in the office.

Due to the interactive nature of this event, there are limited places available. As such, please could you contact Rachael O’Connor (Rachael.oconnor@pinsentmasons.com) to register your attendance by COB on Friday 24 February 2017.

Please feel free to share this event with any colleagues and/or contacts who you think may be interested. Anyone working in or interested in tax in the region is welcome, regardless of gender. 

We hope to see many of you on 7 March – if you have any questions about the event, please get in touch.

Leeds University: Professor Rita de la Feria inaugural lecture

Inaugural Lecture: Professor Rita de la Feria
VAT Anti-fraud Policy, Third Party Liability, and the Rule of Law 
Moot Court Room, Liberty Building, University of Leeds

5.30pm, 7 February 2017

The inaugural will be preceded by a short conference, starting at 4pm, with a range a speakers on various taxation issues, namely:

  • Professor Judith Freedom (Oxford University) on tax avoidance
  • Professor Amparo Grau (Completense University of Madrid) on tax avoidance and corporate social responsibility
  • Assistant Professor Karina Elgaard (University of Copenhagen) on VAT grouping
  • Assistant Professor Charlene Herbain (University of Luxembourg) on VAT fraud
  • Max Schofield (UK Barrister) on VAT rates

The conference is open to all attending the inaugural. However, attendance is not mandatory and registration will be available at 5pm for the Inaugural Lecture. 

The size of VAT fraud across Europe is said to be extremely high. It is therefore unsurprising that the last few years have seen a strengthening of VAT anti-fraud policy across most Member States, with an upsurge in both legislative and administrative measures adopted at both national and EU level. These measures have essentially taken two forms, namely measures to combat the VAT fraud and evasion phenomenon, and measures to counter the costs of VAT fraud. Amongst the later are measures focussing primarily on the transfer of liability to third parties, and their responsabilisation for the enforcement of the tax law. Anti-fraud policy appears to be no longer regarded solely as a deterrent or as a form of punishment, but as an additional source of revenue, or a compensatory measure for the revenue lost through fraud. These developments are evidence of a significant shift in VAT anti-fraud, motivated by public finance concerns; a shift from crime suppression to crime management. 

Masterclass: Empower yourself – the key to confident influencing and impact

Masterclass Series: Jo Maughan, career and leadership coach from Your Thinking Partner, will share stories about how, despite being a successful Tax Director, she used to struggle with influencing and impact. She will share her experiences on developing a better mind set and learning how to handle one’s ‘critical inner voice’. This event is free. Our Masterclass Series are small, practical workshops where we welcome women working in or wanting to return to the tax profession. Kindly hosted by Mazars.

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empower-yourself-the-key-to-confident-influencing-and-impact-tickets-31463583425

Tax & the Media (communicating your approach to tax and responding to interest)

PwC is hosting this Women in Tax seminar on Thursday 5th January 2016 at 5.30 (for a 6pm start) at their 7 More London Offices, SE1 2RT.

Attitudes and behaviours of companies, individuals, advisors and authorities continue to generate media, political and public attention.  More and more of us may be expected to articulate a clear position on tax, whether helping your organisation’s PR team, or dealing with media directly.  

Stella Amiss and Laetitia Lynn will share their experiences of how stories develop, and views on getting a clear message across. There will be plenty of time for questions and perhaps an opportunity to practice!  

Stella Amiss is PwC’s head of tax policy, reputation and regulation, and also an international tax partner.  Laetitia Lynn is Head of Tax Communication Strategy at PwC, and has an extensive background in public relations.  

As with all Masterclasses, the evening will be a great chance to meet others from across the tax profession.

To reserve a place please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tax-the-media-communicate-your-approach-to-tax-and-respond-to-interest-tickets-30049560043

WiT AGM

Before the panel event we are holding our first AGM meeting to report on our activities and financial position. All are welcome to join the AGM if you support the aims of the group and work / actively involved in the field of tax.

To attend please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-tax-agm-tickets-28328520367

WiT Panel event: How do we achieve a better tax system?

We are delighted to be holding another panel event on Monday 7 November 2016 (at Mazars Tower Bridge office). This year’s topic will be How do we achieve a better tax system? We have a great line up of speakers including:

Jill Rutter – Programme Director, Institute for Government

  • Jean Sharp – Head of Tax, Aviva Plc
  • Anita Monteith – Technical Manager, ICAEW Tax Faculty
  • Charlie Matthews – Policy Adviser, ActionAid
  • Sarah Prior – Partner, PwC (chair)

Tickets now available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-in-tax-how-do-we-achieve-a-better-tax-system-tickets-28261786765

WiT Masterclass: Building Your Brand – How to develop your network

Women in Tax are delighted to invite you to our next masterclass: Building your brand – how to develop your network. We will be joined by Liz Heathfield who will facilitate the session, followed by some networking drinks. Liz regularly coaches professionals at all levels on networking skills – she has delivered sessions this year for Grant Thornton, the Oxford University Alumni Association, and on a regular basis for Pinsent Masons.