Ruth Corkin

Director - VAT and Indirect Tax Advisory



Ruth is a parish Councillor and supports her husband in his district and County Councillor roles. She enjoys cooking (particularly puddings!), walking, boxing, reading and makes a mean Gin and Tonic! She has 3 grown up children and has a surrogate child in the form of her yellow Labrador, Barney! ×
Ruth has been involved with VAT for over 30 years. She started her VAT career as a Customs and Excise Officer in Essex and then moved into consultancy with a variety of well-known accountancy firms. She is well known in the VAT world and is the proud author of many articles and technical works.

She took a career break of 12 years to raise her family and also ran her own business during this time, which gave her an insight as to how businesses are run and the support that owners need to help with growth.

Ruth is currently the Technical Chair of the VAT Practitioners Group and, as part of that role, she sits on numerous committees with HMRC representatives at a high level, including the one for the implementation of “Making Tax Digital” relating to VAT. These committees provide a useful forum for learning about legislative and policy issues and changes. She is also responsible for the technical output for the VPG, including consultation responses and was instrumental in ensuring that HMRC did not change its policy on the recovery of VAT on goods and services purchased prior to registration.

Ruth is also a member of the ICAEW Tax Faculty VAT and Duties sub-committee and represents that group at the HMRC Finance Liaison Group meetings, where issues relating to financial services and insurance are aired and discussed.

More recently, Ruth was seconded part-time to the Office of Tax Simplification, where she worked on the VAT Review Project. The project looked at ways of simplifying the VAT rules and the report was published in early November. Several of the recommendations that Ruth made are currently being worked on by the OTS.

She was also responsible for the national training for VAT staff at manager level and below at Grant Thornton UK LLP and regularly presents educational seminars for one of the leading VAT training providers.

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​London office

45 Pall Mall

T +44 (0)20 7930 7797
F +44 (0)330 024 3300

Watford office

Radius House
51 Clarendon Road
Herts WD17 1HP

T +44 (0)1923 232938
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Milton Keynes office

Chancery House
199 Silbury Boulevard
Milton Keynes

T + 44 (0)1908 232020
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