I wanted a change of scene and decided a move from practice to industry would be more suitable for my personal career needs, so I started to look at what was on offer. Thankfully being a Registered Tax Consultant gives you that freedom to move and diversify. When the opportunity arose to start up Tax Computer Systems’ operations in Ireland, I jumped at it and I haven’t looked back since. I can apply all of my tax knowledge and the benefit of my experience while also enjoying the challenges of running a small business.
Describe a typical day?
Depending on the time of year, my days can be quite varied. The common threads involve product development, assisting customers, sales calls and cash flow management and also keeping up-to-date with the latest tax changes to ensure our software reflects the effects of any new legislation.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
I am responsible for managing the business and ensuring that our customers are in receipt of quality software and that our growth targets are achieved.
What are the main challenges?
Keeping up to date with ever changing tax legislation whilst ensuring that our customers are in receipt of timely upgrades.
Having the countries largest accountancy firms and companies depend on our knowledge and ability to deliver software to them under tight deadlines. Also, seeing people embrace our software – it great to see recognition for hard work.
What's not so cool?
Ultimately work is work, so there is always elements of the job that are not too pleasant. For me it is the time pressure of interpreting new tax legislation and getting it into our software as quickly as possible.
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
Being able to analyze tax legislation and being able to communicate very clearly with people.