New VAT Specialist Brings Health Check Service to Tax Team

Armstrong Watson’s award winning tax consultancy team are celebrating with the recent appointment of Steve Ferrie to the firm.  Steve joins as a VAT Consultant following a 39 year career with HMRC, primarily as a VAT Inspector.

Steve, a CIOT Chartered Tax Advisor will work as part of the VAT team, providing advice to clients across all 16 offices.  A main feature of Steve's role will be to offer a new VAT Health Check service to clients, utilising his vast experience to not only highlight any areas of concern, but also to look out for any opportunities to improve the VAT position of a business.

Following on from his experience as an internal trainer with HMRC, Steve will also offer a VAT training service to business owners who wish to improve their own or their staff's VAT knowledge, with this being tailored to the specific requirements of each individual business.

Commenting Steve said:

"I am delighted to be joining the Armstrong Watson Tax team, especially at this exciting time as the firm celebrates 150 years of advising and supporting clients. Having dealt with Armstrong Watson over the years while working for HMRC, I have always admired the firm's integrity and unstinting commitment to their clients. I hope to be able to use my experience of working in and teaching VAT in the public sector to assist both clients and colleagues with the challenges VAT may sometimes present."

David Graham, Senior VAT Consultant also commented:

“It is a great pleasure to have Steve on board as part of the VAT team.  Steve will bring a wealth of knowledge with him which will be invaluable to our clients.  His experiences with HMRC make him the ideal individual to provide our VAT Health Check and training services.”

Graham Poles, Tax Partner, added:

“I am delighted that we have been able to attract Steve to Armstrong Watson following his long years of service with HMRC.  Steve's appointment to work alongside David in the VAT team and expand the service being offered to our clients shows our commitment to strengthening even further our position as a market leader in this sector.”

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