PCRT sets out the principles and standards of behaviour that all members, affiliates and students must follow in their tax work. The latest version came into effect on 1 March 2017 and has now been republished in a new digital format designed to make it easier to navigate than the existing paper version.
PCRT supports the key role members play in helping clients and businesses comply with their tax obligations and their broader responsibilities to society. It applies to all members in practice and in business and also to members dealing with the tax affairs of themselves, or others such as family, friends, charities etc whether or not for payment.
If a member fails to comply with PCRT they are liable to be subject to disciplinary action under the relevant ICAEW bye laws and regulations.
On 6 April 2018, ICAEW republished the PCRT in a new digital format which should be easier for members to follow. A single document now holds the Fundamental Principles and Standards, while the supporting guidance is now held on separate webpages with hyperlinks to the main document. The opportunity has also been taken to hyperlink the references in the PCRT to other supporting material.
ICAEW has prepared a set of Q&A's to offer further guidance on PCRT and Michael Izza, ICAEW Chief Executive, has shared his views on tax avoidance on his blog.
ICAEW Deputy President Nick Parker and ICAEW Investigations Case Manager, Sophie Falcon guide members through the background to the challenge, the changes to the code of practice and what to watch out for in this short webinar.