About the Ulster Society

Chartered Accountants Ulster Society is the oldest district society of the Institute and serves around 4,600 members throughout Northern Ireland. The Chairman is Richard Gillan.

The Ulster Society provides professional, educational and social services and events for its members (in practice, in business, in the public sector and charity/ voluntary sector) and is a strong voice for Northern Ireland's business sector. The Society also actively fosters relationships with other accountancy, professional organisations and government bodies.


Chartered Accountants Ireland, which represents over 4,500 business professionals in Northern Ireland, has responded to the Government’s call for evidence on the impact of VAT and Air Passenger Duty on the Northern Ireland (NI) tourism industry. The call for evidence, which was issued as part of the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, seeks to understand the ways that these taxes impact the tourism industry, and how the industry can be supported to build on its growing success. Niall Harkin, Chair of Chartered Accountants Ulster Society commented: “Dragons, breath-taking scenery and the Titanic all feature in the rich tapestry of the tourism industry in NI and all have helped tourism in the region perform strongly in recent years. However Northern Ireland is at a competitive disadvantage when its nearest neighbour, the Republic of Ireland, charges 9% VAT on tourism activity, a staggering 11% less than the 20% rate charged in NI. “As an all-island body, Chartered Accountants Ireland has direct first-hand experience of the impact of a reduced rate of VAT in stimulating tourism in the Republic of Ireland. A 9% rate of VAT would be a tremendous boost for the Northern Ireland tourism industry”. The Chairman of Chartered Accountants Ireland’s NI Tax Committee, Alan Gourley said: “As recognised in the call for evidence, it will be important to consider the potential fiscal cost of lowering the VAT rate on tourism in NI. Useful precedent for this already exists in the form of the exercise undertaken when corporation tax devolution was being considered.” “Any assessment of the potential fiscal cost in this context should be under the ‘net’ cost approach and should reflect the positive dynamic impact on VAT receipts as a result of additional taxes etc. which would flow from extra investment and jobs in the industry.”

Jun 14, 2018

The One-hundred and Eleventh Annual General Meeting of Chartered Accountants Ulster Society will be held in the Institute’s offices, 32-38 Linenhall Street, Belfast BT2 8BG, on Monday, 16 April 2018, at 1pm.   A snack luncheon for members will be available at 12.30pm. Hard copies of the Annual Report will be available on the day of the Annual General Meeting and in addition copies are available from the Office on request. AGENDA 1. To approve the Minutes of the one-hundred and Tenth Annual General Meeting held on Monday, 10 April 2017 2. To receive the Report of the Committee, the Annual Statement of Accounts and Balance Sheet and the Auditor's Report thereon 3. To elect a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer to hold office until the next Annual General Meeting 4. To elect Members of Committee 5. To appoint an Auditor 6. To transact any other business If you intend being present, please register online before Monday, 9 April 2018. By Order of the Committee S Fox-Hamilton Honorary Secretary

Mar 22, 2018