Our PeopleOur people are dedicated professionals with experience, initiative and a successful track record in the accountancy profession and HMRC. We are proud of the quality of our experts and we believe that their qualities are reflected in our friendly but professional approach to our clients.
You will find our fees refreshingly competitive and cost effective because we carry expertise and not high overheads. TACS was founded with the objective of providing a quality tax consultancy service at a fraction of the cost normally required to obtain tax advice from the large accounting firms.
Our clients are now reaping the benefits of our ethos and we are committed to maintaining our market position as the cost effective tax consultancy. Fee structures are always agreed with clients when we are appointed as advisores. We are open with our fee levels and we are happy to discuss both contingency fees and capping of our costs.
Irrespective of the problem or the size of a business, TACS will be happy to talk to you.
BSc (Hons), FCA, CTA
David specialises in IHT and Trusts and has extensive experience of Corporation Tax and Capital Gains Tax. Formerly a senior tax manager with a major international firm.
Investigation Employment taxation and share scheme specialist. A former Inspector of Taxes, Ian has worked in practice for over 20 years. He was NW head of employment tax at a major accountancy firm before joining TACS in 2003.
David specialises in corporate tax and capital gains tax with a wealth of experience in advising owner managed businesses. He has significant experience advising on corporate transactions and reconstructions. Prior to joining TACS in 2016, David worked within major international accountancy firms (including time in a tax technical specialist role) and also spent just over four years with a large independent professional practice.
Jenny has over 30 years experience of dealing with the administration and taxation of trusts. Prior to joining TACS in 2016 Jenny has worked in both the accountancy and legal professions, spending over 20 years with a major international accountancy firm and over 10 years with a national law firm.
Gwen has been with TACS for 14 years and is first point of contact for all enquiries. Deals with all practice administration, including client and supplier questions.
Andy is a director of Ellis Chapman & Associates, a firm of VAT specialists who work closely with The TACS Partnership to provide a comprehensive tax and VAT advisory service. Ellis Chapman assisted the TACS Partnership with the VAT chapters of the Bloomsbury Professional Tax Guide Andy deals with complex VAT issues, with specific expertise in partial exemption issues, the education sector and VAT efficient property planning, including experience with offshore trusts. He also has a proven track record in dealing with disputes on VAT liability and assessments with HMRC. Andy has worked in VAT for over 20 years in both HMRC and in the private sector.
SUSAN BUTLER BSc (Hons), FCA, CTA
Corporation and Capital Gains Tax specialist, Susan's experience includes corporate reconstructions and share valuations. She was a senior manager with a major international accountancy practice before joining TACS in 1994.
JAMES DARMON BA, ACA
Specialist in Capital Gains Tax and Property Taxation. James has over 25 years’ tax experience. Prior to joining TACS in 2008, James spent 9 years as a tax advisor with a well known property company, and has also spent 10 years as a senior tax manager with Group A firms.
ALIX HILL CTA, ATT
Has 15 years experience in a commercial environment with particular expertise in computerised accounts systems and Customs procedures. She originally joined TACS to specialise in Customs Warehousing, but later joined our direct tax team.
CTA (Fellow) ATT TEP - Associate
Mark has been a consultant in his own tax practice, Mark McLaughlin Associates, since January 1998, providing tax consultancy and support services to professional firms throughout the UK. He is the Editor of the ‘Core Tax Annual’ series 2009-10, and a co-author of the ‘Inheritance Tax’ Annual (both Bloomsbury Professional). He is the co-author of ‘Ray & McLaughlin’s Practical IHT Planning’ and has also written numerous articles for professional publications, including ‘Taxation’, ‘Tax Adviser’ and ‘Tolley’s Practical Tax Newsletter’.
Linda is a director of Ellis Chapman & Associates, a firm of VAT specialists who work closely with The TACS Partnership to provide a comprehensive tax and VAT advisory service. Ellis Chapman assisted the TACS Partnership with the VAT chapters of the Bloomsbury Professional Tax Guide Linda deals with complex VAT issues, and has a particular expertise in charity and non-business reliefs, partial exemption and VAT efficient property planning. Linda has worked in VAT for over 30 years, in both HMRC and the private sector, advising a wide range of taxpayers and accountancy firms.
STEVE TAYLOR MEng (Hons), ACA, CTA
Specialises in Corporate Tax and Share Scheme compliance. Steve trained and qualified with a major international accountancy practice before spending five years with a major financial institution as a manager in their in-house tax team. Steve joined TACS in Spring 2006.
STEPHEN WILLCOX BSc (Hons) FCA CTA
One of the founders of TACS, Stephen has specialised in Corporate and Capital Gains Tax planning, company reconstructions, acquisition and disposals. He was a leading tax partner in a major international firm of Chartered accountants before founding TACS. He is also an expert witness in litigation matters.