Howard has worked in the accountancy profession for over 30 years, has been qualified since 1986 and in practice with his own firm since 1994. In 2001, he took his own advice and incorporated.
Howard will tell you that almost all his experience has been with owner-managed businesses and individual taxpayers. The specialisation with one-man-band companies started with a conversation in a pub, not far from the Wymondham Lotus factory. That single contractor – for whom he still acts – set him on the path to the many other contractors that the business now helps.
Howard’s other speciality is the construction industry. The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) co-opted him on to their Small Business tax committee, and he represented ICAEW in most discussions with HMRC in construction matters.
The issue of self-employment is a major topic of conversation in construction, and many of the principles involved also apply to IR35 – in other words, is this a genuine business? And how can you tell? Howard’s years of experience brought him into discussions with HMRC on self-employment, and the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) on IR35. He has briefed the Public Accounts Committee for meetings with HMRC on CIS and as an author has published a book on taxation, several articles in the ICAEW Taxline, and Taxation magazines.
Howard brings his wealth of business knowledge, financial expertise, and extensive local networks to the service of the Chamber and the Committee.