Robert can advise firms on matters of tax law and practice. Even if you are knowledgeable in tax, it can still be useful to have a tax accountant readily available to give a second opinion or to confirm whether what you believe is correct.

Every month, there are cases where taxpayers have incurred a tax charge or a penalty that could easily have been avoided. In some cases, the amount can be hundreds of times the cost of advice that would have avoided the charge. Remember that tax law keeps getting more complicated, and penalties are constantly increasing in frequency and severity.

As someone who spends about a quarter of his time simply reading tax material, including all case reports, Robert can offer advice across a wide range of taxes, including income tax, corporation tax, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, and value added tax. He can also advice on payroll and related matters.

And he is one of the planet?s few residents who honestly understands national insurance. In 1989, he wrote one of the first books on the subject.

Robert has experience of successful negotiation with HM Revenue and Customs in resolving tax disputes and mitigating penalties. Robert has even advised the tax authorities themselves!

His first tax case was in 1980 when he successfully appealed against an assessment on an agency nurse. He once managed to vacate a £17,000 tax assessment in a single letter to the tax authorities. In 2010, he successfully negotiated a large reduction in the value of a residential property with the valuation office, saving the client thousands of pounds in capital gains tax.

For many years, Robert worked as a company accountant and still does a small amount of such work. This ensures that his knowledge is rooted in the real world and supported by practical knowledge.

Such consultancy can be arranged on the basis of fees or a retainer at a competitive rate. For simple queries that can be addressed in a single phone call or e-mail, there is usually no charge. Any fee is usually be agreed in advance.