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The Taxcafe Team

carl bayley
Carl Bayley, BSc FCA
Carl began his career as a chartered accountant over 30 years ago and is now one of the country’s most respected tax experts. He is the Chairman of the Tax Faculty at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He is also a member of the Institute’s governing Council. Carl has written over 10 plain-English tax planning guides and is a regular contributor to newspapers including The Times and The Telegraph, as well as TV and radio programmes such as BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show.
Nick Braun, PhD
Dr Nick Braun founded Taxcafe in 1999. Over the past 20 years the company has become one of the UK's best-known tax publishers and has won several prestigious business awards. Nick has been a specialist tax writer since 1989, first in South Africa where he edited the monthly Tax Breaks publication, and since 1999 in the UK, where he has authored several tax books. Nick also has a PhD in economics from the University of Glasgow, where he was awarded the prestigious William Glen scholarship and later became a Research Fellow.
james smith
James Smith, BSc FCA
James is the author of several guides for small business owners and private individuals. He originally trained with KPMG, one of the largest accounting firms in the country, and now runs his own accounting practice based in Oxfordshire dealing predominantly with owner managed businesses and property tax.
david collier
David Collier, CA CTA
David is a partner at Collier Thomson & Co, where he provides UK and international tax advice to companies and high net worth individuals. David has over 30 years of tax advisory experience. His specialisms include corporate tax planning, capital gains tax, VAT, share based accounting and tax structuring for wealthy individuals and families.
john shearer
John Shearer, AIIT
John has very wide experience in VAT having worked in Customs and Excise for almost 20 years. Since 1995 he has worked in the accountancy profession for national and international firms including Coopers & Lybrand, PWC, WJB Chiltern and Francis Clark. John has advised in all sections of business and in respect of charities, educational bodies, estate management, international transport and in the public sector and is now an independent VAT consultant.
chris field
Christopher Field, FCCA
Chris is a Chartered Certified Accountant living in Surrey. He qualified in 1988 and set up his own accountancy practice, Acumen Accounting, in 2000. He specialises in tax planning and compliance work for small companies.
Aileen founded with Nick in 1999. She obtained a doctorate in art history from the University of Aberdeen and following a career in art consultancy completed a PgDip in Multimedia.
Gordon is Taxcafe's lead web designer. He is responsible for the design and maintenance of our websites and helping Nick develop the business.