North-east tax expert to head up CIoT technical team

A NORTH-EAST tax specialist is to head up the CIoT’s technical team.

Stephen Relf, who writes for tax publications and serves as a consultant to Newcastle-based BW Medical Accountants, will serve as head of the tax technical team at the institute.

The team will put forward its views on tax legislation and administration to the government and other bodies, including the European Commission.

Relf, 38 from Durham, has spent 15 years in both practice and business, including terms with PwC, RMT Accountants and at Northern Rock. He also works through his family business Applause Accountancy Services.

Peter Waller, head of tax, BW Medical Accountants, said it was an “incredible achievement” by Relf, and the appointment acknowledges that he was nationally recognised.

“These positions are, more often than not, given to people in the south of the country and so it is a real coup for Stephen and for us as specialist medical accountants,” said Waller.

Relf said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed to this prestigious role and to working alongside my fellow peers in the taxation profession. Since I began working alongside BW Medical Accountants last summer, it has been an incredibly exciting time for me.

“With my technical knowledge and wealth of experience in the taxation industry, I am looking forward to leading the technical tax team, co-ordinating responses to government consultations and regular meetings with government and HMRC officials.”

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