New expat UK tax consultancy launches

ATC Tax, a new independent firm of UK tax advisors based primarily in the south west of the UK but with a global reach, is aiming to tax advice for UK expats and individuals who have previously lived or worked in the country and who may therefore have UK tax liabilities.

The business will also support more general tax enquiries and will be led by Managing Director, Finn Houlihan, who brings more than 20 years of industry experience to ATC, having previously held senior roles with The Fry Group and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Alongside Houlihan are co-founders James Hunt and Scott Barlow. Hunt has been working in the taxation industry for 15 years and is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians, having qualified in 2006. Prior to co-founding ATC Tax, Hunt spent 3 years with The Fry Group handling the UK tax requirements for clients of the financial planning arm. Before that, he worked for 9 years in two stints at EY, where he was trained, and at PKF Francis Clark, one of the larger regional accountancy firms in the UK. Barlow also joins from The Fry Group, where he was an integral part of the International Tax team, with over 6 years’ experience having also worked in tax for EY.

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, ATC Tax have accelerated its launch plans and will be providing any NHS staff or consultants a free tax ‘Health Check’ and support on their next tax return for just GBP1. An overwhelming proportion of NHS staff are non-British nationals or have lived and worked outside of the UK in recent years, meaning they are often penalised by a complex tax situation.

Finn Houlihan, Managing Director at ATC Tax, says: “With an extension of the UK’s lockdown, many consumers might find they have plenty of spare time on their hands. As we launch our new business, ATC Tax, we wanted to give individuals the opportunity to make the most of this time by getting their tax affairs in order through a free ‘Tax MOT’ and by doing what we can to recognise the commitment of the NHS.

“These are uncertain and unprecedented times, but careful personal tax planning remains fundamental for anyone. Even more so for those planning to return to Britain after living or working abroad. Our new tax business will be there to help these individuals, with a team of specialist advisors delivering high-quality guidance and support that helps our clients with tax planning for the future.”