Blackpool accountants appoint Kirkham-based tax expert

Lancashire accountancy and business advisory firm MHA Moore and Smalley has added to its VAT and indirect tax team with the appointment of Steve Forster.

Thursday, 31st December 2020, 12:30 pm

Steve joins the Blackpool-based firm as VAT and indirect tax senior manager and will assist the firm’s clients at a time of unprecedented demand for advice on tax and international trade issues caused by Brexit.

An experienced tax advisor, Steve’s most significant role was his 18 years spent with The Co-operative Group where he became head of indirect tax and played a leading role in developing the group’s tax policy for managing VAT, customs and excise duties and insurance premium tax.

In a recent role in professional services, Steve completed a seven-month secondment as part of the Amazon VAT advisory team where he was involved in a number of significant global and UK projects. This experience will be invaluable for clients who use Amazon as their online marketplace.

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Steve Forster of Kirkham who has joined Moore and Smalley

Jonathan Main, indirect tax partner at MHA Moore and Smalley, said: “Steve has a huge amount of VAT experience and knowledge, particularly as a result of his in-house roles in highly complex and diverse organisations.

“As we reach the end of the Brexit transition period, demand for specialist tax advice is at an all-time high and Steve will be an incredible asset to the firm and our clients at this critical time.”

Steve, who lives in Kirkham and is a former Kirkham Grammar School student, said: “I started my career as a VAT inspector for HM Customs and Excise, and have worked for several of the largest professional services firms in the UK. My time at the Co-op exposed me to complex VAT issues within sectors as diverse as food retail, travel, healthcare, farming, property, banking, insurance, even funerals.

“The demand for advice on import and export matters is at its highest for over 40 years, so I’ve joined MHA Moore and Smalley at a very busy time. The firm’s membership of the Baker Tilly International network sees it advising clients not just in the UK, but around the world. I’m looking forward to helping businesses and their management teams bring a sense of clarity to indirect tax matters as the UK navigates the choppy waters of Brexit.”

Steve began his career as a VAT inspector in 1986 before joining Ernst and Young in Liverpool in 1994, becoming a VAT manager in 1997. He took on the role as the first senior VAT manager at Grant Thornton in Liverpool in 1998 before joining the Co-op in 2001.

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