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Tax & Technology: Opportunity, Threat or Big Brother?

In this year's Hardman Lecture, former ICAEW President Paul Aplin explored the opportunities and threats technology presents to the tax profession: what familiar tasks will disappear or change?

How far will artificial intelligence impact on advisory work and what risks do we face from increased sharing of real-time data?

Chaired by:

Raj Shah, Founding partner of Litchfields Chartered Accountants

Raj has particularly developed sector expertise in barristers’ chambers, property and healthcare. Prior to Litchfields, Raj was a tax manager at Armitage and Norton, now part of KPMG, where he qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser. Raj currently chairs the Tax Faculty Board and is a member of ICAEW Council and its Technical Strategy Board.


Paul Aplin OBE, past president ICAEW

Paul was ICAEW President 2018/19 and is a former Chair of the Tax Faculty. He is a member of CIOT Council, HMRC’s Administrative Burdens Advisory Board, the OTS Board and CFE’s Tax Technology Committee and recently retired as a tax partner with an independent west country firm of chartered accountants. In 1997 he filed the UK’s first electronic tax return and has maintained a close interest in digitalisation of tax administration, serving on HMRC’s Carter Programme Board which oversaw the implementation of the 2006 Carter Review.

First broadcast on 10 November 2021