Aplin takes board role at the ICAEW

TAX EXPERT Paul Aplin has been elected to take up an influential position within the ICAEW.

Aplin, a partner at Somerset firm AC Mole & Sons, will serve on the ICAEW board after a space became vacant following Nick Parker’s move to institute vice-president.

The board drives the institute’s agenda, including resource management and departmental coordination. It comprises a mix of its executives and elected representatives.

As a council member, Aplin was eligible for election and will serve on the board for two years.

Aplin has become one of the professions most influential representatives. He was involved in the firm filing the first electronic tax return in 1997, and the first internet-based return in 2001. During the Carter Review, where plans were laid for a more digitally-focused HMRC, he successfully lobbied against moving the self-assessment filing deadline forward.

He was awarded an OBE in 2009 for public service and services to the accountancy profession. He won the Outstanding Industry Contribution Award at the 2013 British Accountancy Awards, for his services to the profession.

“Having chaired the tax faculty and tax faculty technical committee, and having sat on council for the past eight years, I am very much looking forward to serving on the board,” said Aplin. “I am delighted to have received the support of my colleagues on Council in the election.”

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