I feel this would be difficult as it would be easy to side-step with phrases like ‘business adviser’ or ‘tax consultant’
I consider that it would be far easier to legislate that somebody who acts as a ‘tax accountant’ as already defined in TMA 1970 shall be required to be a member of a prescribed professional body (e.g. ACCA, CIoT etc).
To be fair there would of course need to be a grandfathering of existing unqualifieds into say a resurrected Association of Authorised Public Accountants.
I find it quite absurd that there is still no regulation at all in the field of taxation. My understanding is that a person can be struck off, convicted of fraud, made bankrupt etc and still offer tax services to an unsuspecting public.
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