Independent Tax have extensive experience as ex-Tax Inspectors, Chartered Tax Advisers and Chartered Accountants advising businesses and individuals on their tax affairs.
We aim to support and add value for our clients, and to support intermediaries when difficult tax issue arises. Independent Tax prides itself upon its independence from other organisations. We are able to provide high quality support unbiased by any external agendas. We want to support clients and practitioners and provide a first class service at a competitive price.
Gary Brothers and Mike Leigh are regular contributors to a number of professional forums. The current blogs are here, and our archived blogs can be found by checking on the link below.
Prior to joining the profession, Gary was a senior investigating Inspector of Taxes in HM Revenue & Customs for 16 years.
Since leaving HM Revenue & Customs, Gary has worked in practice for ten years. Gary specialises in handling HM Revenue & Customs on client matters including investigations, enquiries and disputes. During that time Gary has provided full litigation and Tribunal support and, has an excellent track record with disclosures (onshore and offshore), securing excellent results for clients. Gary's clients have covered the full HM Revenue & Customs spectrum from high net worth individuals through to some of the largest multi-national corporations.
In addition to supporting clients through HM Revenue & Customs investigations, Gary has particular experience in supporting clients to assess and understand their "tax compliance risk", navigating the HM Revenue & Customs' risk based assessment of large companies and high net worth individuals. Gary has assisted clients in achieving a "low risk" category with HM Revenue & Customs by a combination of skilled negotiation and identifying and undertaking specific remedial action carried out using HM Revenue & Customs methodologies.
Gary is much in demand as a lecturer on tax-related subjects.
Gary can be contacted on 07985 768888 or by email at [email protected]
Mike trained as a Chartered Accountant with the international firm of Coopers & Lybrand. After qualifying in 1977, he moved to their office in Guernsey in 1981 and developed an interest in offshore structures as used in tax planning and qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He later ran a trust company for a leading firm of advocates there, Ozannes, and also had some experience there supporting the lawyers with commercial matters.
Since returning to England in 1986, he has devoted his time entirely to working in the tax field. He has been the tax partner of three firms of chartered accountants. More recently, he has concentrated full-time on strategic tax planning for clients as an independent consultant.
Mike looks to assist clients to plan to save tax. He has been involved in doing so prior to the prevalence of tax avoidance schemes and remembers the planning techniques then in use, most of which are still relevant. His clients are mainly referrals from smaller firms of accountants, solicitors and IFAs. The largest categories are owner managers and their businesses and those involved in property. His innovative approach considers that all taxes need to be taken together – there is no point in saving Corporation Tax, for example, if Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions increase too much.
Mike is married with one adult daughter. Outside work, his interests are mainly sporting - golf, gym exercise and, on holiday, skiing and SCUBA diving. He also has a keen interest in food and drink.
Mike can be contacted on 07734 052319 or by email at [email protected].