Friday 31 May 2013

HMRC Recruits for GAAR Panel

HMRC is now recruiting members for a permanent General Anti-Abuse Rule advisory panel.

There are eight voluntary positions, which are intended to initially be for 3 years.

The panel will meet 6 times a year, and it is expected appointments will be made shortly after the interview process is completed in the week beginning 17 June.

Here is the full text of the advert:
"Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced individuals to be a member of the General Anti-Abuse Rule (GAAR) Advisory Panel.

The functions of the Advisory Panel are to:
  • Approve HMRC’s guidance on the GAAR
  • By way of specifically arranged sub-Panels, give opinions to HMRC and taxpayers about the application of the GAAR to individual cases referred to the Panel
The work of the Advisory Panel, including this recruitment process, is led by the Chair, Patrick Mears, who was appointed with effect from 15th April 2013.

This is a voluntary position (necessarily incurred expenses will be paid) that offers a unique opportunity to play a central role in the implementation of a major new development in UK tax legislation. Initial appointments will be for 3 years, but some flexibility is possible and can be discussed with individuals.

Each Panel Member will be expected to have knowledge and expertise in relation to one or more of the taxes covered by the GAAR, and be committed to making the GAAR legislation as enacted work efficiently and effectively. The aim is for the Panel to be a broad based, balanced and cohesive; the number of Panel Members is flexible in order to meet these objectives, but the expectation is for a maximum number of 8 initial appointments.

The time commitment for the approval of guidance function will be around 6 Panel meetings a year and preparatory reading. Further workload will depend on the number of cases referred. When a sub-Panel is arranged for a referred case, discussion will take place in advance over any additional time commitment.

For an application pack please click on the Apply button.  Applications, to be made by 5pm on 10 June 2013.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held during the week of 17th June 2013 (please indicate in your application any time in this week when you would be unavailable for interview). Appointments will be made as soon as possible after the interviews, subject to necessary formalities.

Job Reference: GAAR"

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