I am an accounting and tax consultant advising many media clients at HW Fisher.
I work with many authors, journalists, artists, musicians, producers, directors and others in the media world, and specialise in the tax treatment of individuals in the creative industries. I also advise many smaller businesses operating in a wide variety of sectors.
I have more than 40 years’ experience of providing specialist advice in tax planning, reducing tax liabilities, including the use of limited companies and strategic business advice, as well as accounts preparation. I advise clients on all tax matters, including VAT, inheritance tax, capital gains tax, corporation tax etc. and deal with all aspects of authors’ tax advice.
I qualified in 1970 and had my own practice for many years until it merged with HW Fisher in 2002.
I am Honorary Treasurer of the Society of Authors and was once nominated to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of my many years of service.
Fellow of the ICAEW
Member of the ICAEW Tax Faculty
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