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Tax & Technology: Opportunity, Threat or Big Brother?

In this year's Hardman Lecture, former ICAEW President Paul Aplin will explore 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, immediate past chair of Tax Faculty and AC Mole partner (retired) representing small business

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 and CFE’s Tax Technology Committee and recently retired as a tax partner with A C Mole & Sons. 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 the2006 Carter Review.

First broadcast on 10 November 2021