Robert has over 23 years’ experience in advising accountants, solicitors, banks and independent financial advisers on taxation in the UK and overseas in relation to tax planning and tax problems.
With a network of International qualified tax specialists in countries throughout the world, Robert can incorporate any jurisdictional advice into the overall recommendation and have it ratified by local specialists.
Working within the law to maximise tax relief legally
“I analyse where someone is and where they’re going to develop tailored solutions for tax, planning and protection purposes,” Robert explains. “I help ensure that the wealth you’ve got is structured in a tax efficient way to support your ambitions.” Most importantly, he adds, “It’s all legal and all fully declared to the Inland Revenue.
“This industry is (unfortunately) rife with people who exploit small elements of tax law to make lots of money for them but it can be expensive for their clients. With GSC, I work within the law to maximise reliefs – legally.”
Making tax personal
The issues may be complex and can sometimes feel distant, but the problems Robert helps GSC clients overcome are real and personal. “Some of our clients may be facing Inheritance Tax (IHT) charges of several million pounds. Some may be looking to move to the UK as tax efficiently as possible or they may be seeking to emigrate and are attempting to untangle stamp duty, income tax, Capital Gains Tax and IHT. I help them.”
Why choosing a CTA and TEP matters
‘I wish I’d met you a few years ago’ is a typical reaction to Robert’s advice and support, although he admits that there can be trust hurdles to overcome with clients who have experience of being “badly bitten in the past”.
“That’s why it’s so important to choose an advisor with CTA after their name,” he stresses. “If you don’t, you’re taking a bigger risk and you may not get the full range of advice. If they’re not also a TEP, then you’re taking an even greater risk. Always look at the letters. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a fantastic tax adviser but it does mean they’ve at least passed their ‘driving test’.”
On the knife edge
GSC is fortunate to be able to take advantage not only of Robert’s level of knowledge, but his desire to share it. “I’ve always been keen on educating others,” he explains. “I still help people though the professional exams. It keeps me on the knife edge of a very quickly changing field.”
Qualifications & Experience
Robert is a former Co-Coordinator for The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) for the North of England, Scotland & Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, and a former Chairman and Treasurer of the Leeds Branch of The Chartered Institute of Taxation.
He received the CIOT’s award for outstanding service and advice in May 2013 and has been a member of The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners since 1993.
Robert is a former member of the Literary & Philosophical Society and a current member of the English Speaking Union – a charity working to give young people the speaking and listening skills they need to thrive in a changing world. He’s also a passionate meteorologist.
“It all provides balance,” he says. “If your own life is unbalanced, how can you provide balanced advice to clients?”
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