TEI was founded in 1944 to serve the professional needs of in-house tax professionals. Today, the organization has 57 chapters across North and South America, Europe, and Asia, including four chapters in Canada. Our approximately 7,000 members represent 2,800 of the largest companies in the world, many of which either are resident or do business in Canada. Over 15 percent of TEI’s membership comprises tax professionals who are employed by Canadian businesses from all regions and a variety of industries. TEI members are responsible for administering the tax affairs of their employers and must contend daily with provisions of the tax law relating to the operation of business enterprises.
As the preeminent association of in-house tax professionals worldwide, TEI is dedicated to the development of sound tax policy, uniform and equitable enforcement of tax laws, and minimization of administration and compliance costs to the mutual benefit of government and taxpayers. TEI is committed to fostering a tax system that works—one that is administrable and consistent with the principle of voluntary compliance. The diversity, professional training, and global viewpoints of our members enable TEI to bring a balanced and practical perspective to the issues currently raised in the tax field.
TEI recognizes the strength a wide and diverse range of professionals offers the Institute. Membership today encompasses everyone from students to retired in-house tax executives. Members are employed by the top corporations around the world, including many Fortune 100 companies.
There are 5 categories of membership:
– full membership
Student membership: Student membership in the Institute is limited to individuals who are enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate programs that provide an appropriate foundation for a career in taxation. Such degree programs may include, but are not limited to, accounting, law, masters of science in taxation, or taxation LL.M.s. Student members may not be employed full-time in any tax-related position. It is permissible, however, for a student member to hold a paid or unpaid internship in a tax-related position, including with a firm engaged in a public tax practice, so long as the position is limited in duration and coincides with the student member’s degree program (for example, a summer internship with a CPA firm or corporate tax department in between academic years).