Member Since: 12th Mar 2020
Paul Aplin was for many years a tax partner with an independent West Country firm. He is a past president of ICAEW, a former Chair of the ICAEW Tax Faculty, a member of CIOT Council and the Tax Technology Committee of CFE. He is a non-executive director of three companies, a member of HMRC’s Admin Burdens Advisory Board and the OTS Board.
He is an enthusiast for using digital technology to improve business and tax administration and filed the UK's first electronic self-assessment tax return in 1997. He was appointed OBE in 2009 for services to the accountancy profession and for public service.
Former Tax & IT Partner
26th Jun 2023
A beautifully written tribute that sums John up perfectly. I first met him over 20 years ago (talking about tax digitalisation, inevitably). He always saw the heart of the issue, whatever it might be. He understood the accountancy profession, both the people within it and the issues it faces. He was also someone you could trust absolutely: "off the record" meant off the record. The most incisive of questions was always delivered in that calm gentle voice we all knew so well. He was utterly professional and invariably courteous. Like so many on this thread, I have lost a good friend.
19th Dec 2022
Not what I put my name to at all Paul (and never would): My last line was "It is reassuring though that ChatGPT reached broadly the same conclusion as I did in my last piece: that there will always be a need for a human’s expertise when giving tax advice." Technology would have to develop a very long way indeed for there to be no place for human tax advisers, but as it does develop, we need to ensure we get the best from it and in part that will be by ensuring that we understand what it does. Experience, judgement and a sense of what is right and what is wrong (qualities you and I both believe are core to what we do) will, I think, be even more, not less, important.