Former Group Tax Director and corporate tax specialist, Peter Mason, has three books available:
The original 400 page hard back book, Tax Commandments For Business, reveals the secrets of best practices and tips of the trade in operating an effective and responsible corporate tax function.
Taxes At Work (2022) and Building Better Taxes (2021), two shorter paperback books, are beautiful compendiums of critical and engaging articles on corporate taxes, with colour illustrations. They are the ideal coffee table tax books!
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This is the latest compilation of various articles written over 2022. They analyse how tax is managed in the workplace and also how the construction of tax policy works. They criticise and challenge established wisdom regarding taxation principles and allow you to be judge and executioner over fiscal policy. All articles draw on my practical experiences in managing corporate taxes in global business. I hope that theses articles will challenge and educate all for a better public debate on taxation.
There are seventeen separate pieces in this book. They are split into articles from the diary entries of a fictional new tax executive and monthly Uk columns under the Masonry.
Taxation is a worthy discipline combining intellectual analysis, complex legal interpretation, business acumen, social empathy, and leadership skills. We, as tax professionals, must strive to improve the environment of tax and this is my small contribution. Building Better Taxes is the ultimate, and unique, coffee table tax book.Purchase The Book
This is a compilation of those various articles I have written in 2021. They analyse tax developments while being critical of their purpose and attempt to subtly entice changes. Each individual article stands as a complete argument and contention about a specific area of tax law and practice. They draw on my experiences to proffer practical corporate tax advice and insights on the best management of the global tax affairs of business. In total they represent a rich array of tax debates on the merits and complications of our global tax system.
There are seventeen separate pieces in this book. They are split into analysis and critique of Tax Policy, Tax Risk, Transfer Pricing and Tax People. I particularly enjoyed "An Indecent Proposal" whose acronym is the same as Intellectual Property (IP) on which I question governments around the world unashamedly attracting IP with fiscal incentives. "The Power Of Three" looks at the BEPS Action 13 documentation requirements of Master File, Local File and CbCR, where I was amused to note that the three stooges: Mo, Larry and Curly, had the same initials! "It's An Uncertain World" questions whether you can be certain about anything, including death and taxes. A hard-hitting piece entitled "Fairness: Racism in Taxation" indicts our tax profession for its failures towards ethnic minority groups, urging more to be done to eliminate discrimination in all forms.Purchase The Book
This comprehensive guide covers how to create an exciting strategy, determine the right
resources, be a good business partner, manage risk effectively, execute projects well, run
processes efficiently, comply responsibly, account truthfully, resolve disputes optimally and
make a valuable impact. It is explained by a former Group Tax Director at an executive level but
is also applicable to aspiring tax leaders and all in the tax team. Finance teams, tax advisers
and tax authorities can also benefit from a better understanding of their colleagues in
industry. In fact, this book covers common leadership skills relevant to all business sectors
and all commercial leaders. These tax commandments exemplify the high ethical standards to which
professional staff commit in general for full stakeholder satisfaction.
This 400-page hardback edition is more than just a tax book. It will guide you in many valuable commercial skills for successful leadership.
Peter Mason, BSc (hons) FCA CTA (Fellow) FCT has operated at executive level in public
multinational groups for over thirty years, advising and managing tax, finance, treasury, risk and
M&A. He graduated from Bristol University with a first-class honours degree in Engineering
Mathematics before changing career direction and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and then Chartered
Tax Advisor, as well as obtaining a Masters in Corporate Treasury. He is a Fellow of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Association of Corporate Treasurers and the Chartered
Institute of Taxation.
Peter has led tax optimisation and compliance programmes, treasury and cash management services, obtained and maintained credit ratings, directed internal assurance, governance and risk management across many countries and raised in total over £1 billion of external debt. He has been significantly involved in structuring over 100 M&A transactions and has negotiated many major tax settlements seeking to achieve win-win solutions. He specialises in process optimization, change management, project execution, transaction planning, transfer pricing, intra-group funding efficiency, and governance structures, having worked for global engineering groups. His passion for Lean methodologies combines his engineering problem-solving skills with tax and treasury disciplines to continuously improve back-office processes.
Peter has chaired, and participated in, many committees and subsidiary company boards, in the UK and overseas, as well as being a pension trustee for over twenty years and a well-respected business adviser. He regularly lectures on tax, treasury and financial topics. Peter is also the Network Independent Director of the Tax Director Network.
Peter is married with two grown-up children and enjoys theatre, museums, travel (particularly around France), and most sports - albeit more watching them nowadays!
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