HMRC will be discussing the latest on Making Tax Digital at the December accounting show, while HMRC’s chief executive will take centre stage on day two.


As visitors to any accounting exhibition over the last few years can attest, sessions featuring HMRC are always packed.

We are thus delighted to announce that we will be joined by three high profile representatives from HMRC at AccountingWEB Live Expo on 1-2 December 2021. 

On Day Two (2 December), AccountingWEB Live Expo will welcome HMRC’s chief executive Jim Harra to the Coventry Building Society Arena. Harra wille appear on a special live Whitehall Edition of our popular Tax Talk digital series. Hosted by Rebecca Benneyworth, Harra will be joined by Bill Dodwell (Tax Director, Office of Tax Simplification). Registration is now open for this Day Two session which takes place at 12.15pm in the Accounting Excellence Keynote Theatre - please book your seats via this link.

The past two years have been particularly busy for Harra and HMRC. The tax authority had to deal with the impact of the pandemic - whether rolling out coronavirus support schemes from scratch or adjusting the way it administers tax. Then there is the Making Tax Digital (MTD) project that has kept HMRC hands full for the past four years. 

Speaking of MTD, the director and deputy director of the tax transformation project will speak at multiple sessions across the two-day event. These workshops are designed to update you on the latest guidance and help you prepare for MTD. 

  • Giles McCallum (Director of MTD, HMRC) will set out his vision for MTD in an interview with Richard Sergeant. McCallum will explain the long-term plans for digitising tax administration in the UK, the research and data that continue to shape this strategy and how accountants are a fundamental part of this journey. The session will take place at 1.00pm on Day One (1 December) at Tech Workshop Theatre 1. You can register for this session via this link.
  • Richard Fowler (Deputy Director of MTD, HMRC) will sit down with AccountingWEB's John Stokdyk for MTD Bootcamp: Choosing The Right Software, where they will discuss the core functionality you should be looking out for, the common pitfalls to avoid, how to budget appropriately and how to buy with the future in mind.  This practical session will take place at 10.45am on Day One (1 December) at the Accounting Excellence Keynote Theatre. You can register for this session via this link.

All our MTD Bootcamp seminars will feature HMRC representatives. Registered attendees will get the opportunity to put their questions directly to the panel.

All HMRC sessions and more are now open for registration. Registered attendees will be able to put questions to all speakers.

Meet the HMRC speakers

Jim Harra: The first permanent secretary and chief executive of HMRC. Harra began his career in the Inland Revenue as an inspector of taxes in 1984. In January 2009, he was appointed director of corporation tax and VAT, responsible for optimising the design and delivery of these business taxes. 

Harra became director of personal tax customer operations in March 2011, and director personal tax operations in October 2011. He was appointed director general business tax on 16 April 2012. After a year as HMRC’s second permanent secretary and deputy chief executive on 1 January 2018, Harra was appointed first permanent secretary and chief executive in October 2019. Harra will be delivering a keynote lecture on Day Two.

Giles McCallum: The director of Making Tax Digital at HMRC. McCallum brings a host of experience and disciplined leadership to MTD having delivered major programmes in both public and private sectors. He has directed digital transformation programmes across multiple industries including telecoms, utilities and oil and gas.

Richard Fowler: The deputy director of Making Tax Digital at HMRC. Fowler is a customer and communications professional with expertise transforming organisational performance through customer focused approaches.

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Session details and timings for multiple sessions featuring McCallum and Fowler across both days are available on the AccountingWEB Expo Live website

More HMRC representatives and sessions will be announced in the coming weeks, along with clinic sessions for attendees to book. HMRC will be at AccountingWEB Live Expo at Stand A16.

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