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Professor Kevin Holland

Professor Kevin Holland

Professor of Accounting and Taxation

Cardiff Business School

+44 (0)29 2087 5725
E25b, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Welsh speaking


Kevin Holland is a Professor of Accounting and Taxation. Prior to employment as an academic he was in practice as an ICAEW Chartered Accountant specialising in corporate taxation.

Joined Cardiff Business School in 2014 from University of Southampton. Academic related activities include: editorial board member of the journals Accounting and Business Research, Advances in Taxation, Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies, and Journal of Tax Administration; Senior Fellow at the Tax Administration Research Centre based at Exeter University.

Doctoral level thesis supervised include: Taxation compliance behaviour in individuals and SMEs; Corporate earnings persistence, Corporate social responsibility and tax avoidance; Shareholders’ valuation of tax management; Cost of equity and corporate taxation; and Dividend taxation and equity prices.

Formerly, council member of  Institute of Fiscal Studies, member of Academic Advisory Group for the ESRC/HMRC/HMT Tax Administration Research Centre, Chair of Tax Research Network and Extraordinary Professor, Department of Taxation, University of Pretoria, South Africa and member of the Scientific Committee for the Chartered Association of Business Schools' Academic Journal Guide. Previous consultancy clients include National Audit Office and HM Treasury.

Current and recent external examining positions include - Bangor University, Birmingham Business School, London School of Economics, Limerick University, Swansea University and University College Dublin.



  • BA Accounting and Financial Administration, Bangor University (formerly University College of North Wales)
  • ACA - Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
  • PhD. Taxation, Bangor University

Editorial work

Editorial Board member:

  • Accounting and Business Research
  • Advances in Taxation
  • Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies
  • Journal of Tax Administration

Professional memberships

    • Tax Research Network (TRN)
    • British Accounting and Finance Association

Senior Fellow

    • Tax Administration Research Centre (Exeter University)

Scientific Committee member:

  • European Academic Journal guide (EAJG)















Teaching commitments

  • BS2509 Taxation
  • BS3520 Analysis of Financial Reporting Information

Research projects

Recent grants

"Accountants, their roles and responsibilities as disseminators of tax knowledge" (Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia/Academic Research Grants Scheme $10,000 - £6,800, July 2013 with C. Evans, C. and Carlon, S.)

"Market Valuation effects of UK Real Estate Inestment Trust (REITs) legislation" ICAEW's Centre for Business Performance (via the Chartered Accountants' Trustees Ltd £32,176, December 2009)

Research interests

The main focus of my research is in the field of taxation though my work spans a number of other areas including audit markets. In taxation I have published papers examining:

  • Corporate tax burdens
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts Taxation and earning management
  • Share prices and dividend taxation
  • Taxation and the pricing of Venture Capital Trusts
  • corporate tax knowledge management