Ian Edward Hayes, FCA, CTA, FIIT

Ian Hayes is a chartered accountant and a chartered Tax Advisor. In 1974 he joined the corporate tax department of Deloitte Haskins and Sells. In 1980 he became eastern hemisphere Tax Advisor for Texaco and in 1982 joined Armitage and Norton as national tax partner.

In 1984, the Keith Committee made it clear that VAT was to play a far larger part in UK tax raising, that penalties and enforcement were to be introduced in the UK in respect of VAT and that the European dimension of indirect taxation introduced a new, exciting and dynamic area for tax practice. The decision to concentrate on indirect taxation as a result was not difficult and he has been an indirect tax advisor ever since.

In 1986, together with Robert Cawley, he set up Fiscal Solutions, a specialised indirect tax consultancy advising other professionals and clients directly.

In 2005 Ian retired from the partnership to concentrate on the public policy side of his interests. He still acts in a consultant adviser role to select clients and professionals but the bulk of his time is taken up with applied tax issues

He was a specialist adviser to HM Treasury and the Minister responsible for indirect taxation and from 2003 has been a member of the VAT Forum established by HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs to deal with practical issues associated with the administration of VAT.

As Chair of the Professional Affairs Committee of CFE (2011-2012) and (since 2012) as the CFE main representative to the European Commission´s “VAT Forum” expert group he worked to develop the professional capacity of indirect tax practitioners throughout the EU in relation to ethics and compliance with EU professional and service directives, and working with member state revenue administrations to make compliance simpler and more effective. Since 2013, Ian is CFE Vice President.