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Celebrating 25 years of pro bono tax advice with TaxAid

Robin Williamson of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group reports on the 27 February event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of TaxAid. The evening focused on tax and human rights and the work of TaxAid and Tax Help for Older People and included a talk from Supreme Court judge Lord Hodge.

Bridge the gapBraving the arctic weather conditions, some 87 donors and volunteers came together at Gray’s Inn on the evening of 27 February to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of TaxAid. The tax advice charity was set up by tax professionals who were concerned that people on low incomes were suffering significantly because they could not afford tax advice. Tax Help for Older People followed nine years later with two regional pilots which were then implemented nationwide. Between them, the two charities now help more than 21,000 people a year and have recently reached the quarter million mark.

The event was held to celebrate that achievement and to recognise the huge amount of support and volunteer help from tax professionals that enables the charities to assist so many people. Steven Edge, a patron of the Bridge the Gap campaign to raise funds for the charities, introduced the evening, praising their work and thanking the staff, volunteers and founders David Brodie OBE and John Andrews OBE.