History of Tax Events
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27 October 2020:
Don Korb will be speaking on American tax history in an online meeting.
Don Korb, former Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, will be our next speaker. While Chief Counsel, Don became well known in the UK as a speaker at HMRC public meetings and other events and he played a vital role in bringing together US and UK tax administrators and practitioners. Subsequently he practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and continued to speak at international events such as the Congress of the International Fiscal Association.
Don Korb will present a history of US taxes from 1861 to the current day (and beyond).
Don will describe some of the key steps in the development of US taxes from the earliest days until recent tax reform, including a fascinating look at the era of tax shelters and the role he played in the IRS approach to challenging them. Questions and discussion will be very welcome and there will be an opportunity to speculate about the possibilities for US tax policy after the election in November and as the world recovers from the economic effects of Covid-19.
The material included in this section has been written by the authors from the presentations given by them to members and guests of the History of Tax Group of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers and is reproduced for educational purposes with the permission of the authors and where applicable by agreement from the publishers. All rights reserved.
June 2020 Professor Penelope Tuck, Dr Dominic de Cogan & Dr John Snape on A Tale of the Merger of the Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise https://www.presenta.co.uk/History_of_Tax/240620/live-meeting.html
February 2020 Professor Michael Braddick on the Case of Ship-Money (R v Hampden) (1637): Prerogatival Discretion in Emergency Conditions;and Professor Martin Daunton on Thomas Gibson Bowles v Bank of England (1913): A Modern John Hampden?, both cases from the book "Landmark Cases in Revenue Law"; report by Caroline Turnbull-Hall
October 2019 Peter Allen: "Death Taxes - a UK History"
October 2018 Professor Caroline Barron: "Taxation in the medieval City of London (1066 - 1500)"
February 2018 Martin Daunton: "The Politics of Land Taxation in the British Empire" - Click here to view slides
October 2017 Helen Thornley: "The Women’s Tax Resistance League 1909-1918"
February 2017 Matthew Peppitt: "Taxing the ultimate luxury – Plate duty: the taxation of the goldsmiths’ and silversmiths’ trade 1719 – 1890"
October 2016 Peter Allen: "National Insurance: Tax or Welfare State?"
February 2016 Professor Sir John H Baker: "The Curious Case of Mr Trull"
October 2015 Professor Chantal Stebbings: "Tax and Quacks: the Medicine Stamp Duty 1783 - 1941"
February 2015 Professor Martin Daunton: "Creating a new fiscal constitution in post-war Japan"
October 2014 Peter Fawcett: "Taxation in Classical Athens"
February 2014 Professor Julian Hoppit, FBA: "Scotland and the British Fiscal State, 1707 - 1800"
October 2013 Dr John Avery Jones CBE: "Seven Appeals and an Acquittal: the Singer Family and Their Tax Cases"
March 2013 John Pearce: "Rewriting Income Tax Law 1907-56"
October 2012 David Williams: "Surveying Taxes in the Great War 1914-1918"
February 2012 Prof. Jane Frecknall Hughes: "The History of the Tax Profession"
October 2011 John Pearce: "The Road to PAYE"
February 2011 Prof. Chantal Stebbings: "Victorian Asylums: the Tax Factor”
September 2010 John Brown CBE: “Paul de Voil’s VAT decisions”
September 2010 Prof.David Southern: “Inflation,Taxation & Revaluation:Germany 1920-1930”
February 2010 Prof. Jane Frecknall Hughes: “Magna Carta Revisited”
September 2009 Dr John Avery Jones CBE: “Finding historical tax material in the ‘PRO’”
September 2009 Richard Thomas: “Sir Sidney and Sir John: the Rowlatts and Tax"
February 2009 John Jeffrey-Cook: “The Remarkable William Pitt and his Taxes”