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Kit Dickson resigns from Deloitte to join PwC

On January 31, 2016, in Deloitte, KPMG, by Chris Bale

Kit Dickson PwCKit Dickson has joined PwC Manchester in January as a tax partner. He joins from Deloitte London.

He will work closely with PwC’s tax leader for the North, Martin Hodgson.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Hodgson said: “This appointment reflects our strategy of building the right team of specialists so that we can continue to help our clients be successful. The experience that Kit has acquired from his time in London, combined with his knowledge of the region gained through much of his career here, will benefit our clients and shows our commitment to recruit and retain the best talent. It is testament to the strength of our practice, and Northern Powerhouse region as a whole, that we are able to attract industry leaders to the North West.”

Mr Dickson said: “It’s an exciting time for the region, with Manchester at the forefront of the devolution agenda, development of Airport City making it the international gateway to the North, an increased level of M&A activity and inwards investment in recent months. The opportunity to return to such a dynamic marketplace was too good to miss and I am looking forward to working with Martin and the team at PwC to help support both new and existing clients with their growth ambitions.”


Tax Grotto welcomes its 1 millionth visitor

On January 28, 2016, in etaxjobs, tax jobs, by Chris Bale

I thought it worth mentioning that Tax Grotto hit one million visitors, as of today.

Tax Grotto has been publishing articles about the tax profession since 2005, so this visitor figure is not as impressive as it might first sound. That said, for a number of years the site was hidden from search engines and accessible only on a paid basis, so the traffic dropped significantly for about three years.

I hope everyone has enjoyed reading our posts. If you would like to give us some feedback or write a brief testimonial, please email me (the editor) at chris@taxgrotto.com


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Bellovin_Hal_TGrant Thornton LLP is growing its Compensation and Benefits Consulting practice with the leadership of Hal Bellovin, Employment Tax Consulting director, and Philip Bonanno, Retirement Consulting Actuary and director. Bellovin is based in the firm’s Metropark, New Jersey office and Bonanno is based in the firm’s New York office.

“Hal and Phil are widely respected and highly talented leaders whose wealth of experience will be an asset to our clients throughout the region as we continue to expand our practice,” said Bruce Benesh, national partner-in-charge of Grant Thornton’s Compensation and Benefits Consulting practice. “Their experience, along with the leadership from Michael Monahan, principal-in-charge of the firm’s New York and New England Compensation and Benefits consulting practice, highlights the firm’s continued commitment to building a comprehensive suite of compensation and benefits consulting capabilities.”

“Hal and Phil bring to Grant Thornton a combination of proven leadership skills, vast knowledge and a strong understanding of our growth-oriented clients’ needs throughout the Northeast region,” said Frank Kurre, Grant Thornton’s Metro New York and New England managing partner.

Bellovin has nearly 15 years of employment tax services experience. He has extensive experience in employment tax refund review projects, payroll system implementations and employment tax transaction and merger and acquisition issues.

Most recently, Bellovin served as a human resources operations and compliance manager at Time Warner Inc., where he focused on corporate employment tax, payroll administration and employment administration. Prior, he served as a senior tax advisor within the Corporate Tax department at IBM. Prior to IBM, Bellovin was a manager specializing in employment tax within the State and Local Tax practices at both KPMG LLP and Ernst and Young LLP.

Bellovin received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

greg georgeGreg George has joined Grant Thornton LLP as an International Tax partner, based in the firm’s Seattle office. George is an international tax executive with more than 20 years of experience serving a large and diverse client base. He specializes in international structuring, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, intangible property management, private equity, global tax planning, and financial reporting for income taxes. George also has extensive experience advising software, electronics and cloud computing businesses regarding tax issues associated with web-based services and subscription-based business models. Most recently, he served as a partner and major market leader for KPMG LLP’s Pacific Northwest International Tax practice.

George received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Washington State University. George is licensed with the Washington State Board of Accountancy and is an active member of the WSCPA as well as the AICPA.

“ We are very excited to welcome Greg into our practice as we experience significant growth and expand capabilities to better serve our clients and the diverse internationally focused PNW market,” says Scott Davison, Managing Partner, Grant Thornton Pacific Northwest.

35622feetaxjobs has announced that Nick Lee is joining the job board as Head of Sales, with effect from 1st February. Nick is well-known within the UK tax community and has strong relationships with the key media buyers and recruitment consultancies. In his new role he will take on a broader remit, managing business development across the whole EMEA region.

Nick joins etaxjobs from LexisNexis, where he has led the Advertising Sales team for the Tax & Accounting portfolio since 2013. He was responsible for Display, Recruitment and Sponsorship sales for Tax Adviser Magazine, Taxation Magazine, Tax Journal, Financial Accountant, International Accountant Magazine, Pensions World, Pay & Benefits Magazine, taxation-jobs.co.uk and The Taxation Awards.

Nick’s appointment coincides with a re-launch of the etaxjobs platform, which will be announced soon.

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Bristol based firm, Corrigan Associates, has recruited Richard Bunker as its first tax partner.

Managing Partner, Edward Corrigan, said: “Richard is one of Bristol’s best-known accountants, advising business owners and private clients and he joins us with an extensive client portfolio. The Bristol accountancy market has seen a great deal of consolidation, but people like smaller independent practices like ours.”

“Our fee income increased by more than 20 per cent last year and Richard’s appointment helps us build a team to compete for work at the highest level. We are growing organically, reflecting increasing demand for independent, high quality service.”

Bristol tax jobsRichard Bunker is a very well regarding tax practitioner, having been a tax partner with Smith & Williamson in Bristol and latterly a partner with Whyatt Pakemen Partners.

Corrigan Associates was formed in 2009 by Edward Corrigan, specialising in advising independent businesses. Mr Corrigan is ex Kidsons Impey/Baker Tilly.

The firms’ clients include high-tech companies, professional service businesses, overseas subsidiaries as well as a number of successful entrepreneurs.

EMEA Tax Director jobsDavid Peach has joined the Fortive Corporation to assist in its demerger from the Danaher Corporation and look after the ongoing tax affairs of its EMEA entities.

He joins from Next plc, where he has been Group Tax Manager for the past 5 years.

Fortive will be a $6 billion, Fortune 500 company – to find out more visit their website.


Hogan Lovells Tax Partner JobsHogan Lovells has announced that Jaime Espinosa de los Monteros is joining the firm’s Mexico City office as a partner in the Corporate Practice, specializing in transactional tax matters.

Espinosa de los Monteros’ practice focuses on transactional tax advisory and tax planning, such as M&A, joint ventures, and public-private investments. He also counsels clients regarding financial tax advisory, including Mexican REITS, financing projects and CKDS, among others. Espinosa de los Monteros joins the firm from Muñoz Manzo y Ocampo.

“There is a consistent demand for high level tax work in our area and Jaime’s 20 years of experience will be a terrific addition to our office,” said Juan Francisco Torres Landa, Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells Mexico City office. “Jaime’s vast knowledge of transactional tax matters perfectly complements our Corporate Practice and we are thrilled for him to join our ranks to support the broader transactional tax group in Mexico.”

Espinosa de los Monteros is also a tax law professor and is currently a faculty member at Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila and Universidad Panamericana. From 2004 to 2010, he was a member of the faculty at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey. Outside of his practice, Espinosa de los Monteros served as the President, from 2010-2012, of the Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresa, A.C., Sección Nuevo León, and is a member of the Tax Research Committee of the Instituto Mexicano de Ejecutivos de Finanzas.

“I was drawn to the deep international resources and highly skilled lawyers at Hogan Lovells. I cannot wait to begin working with the growing tax practice,” said Espinosa de los Monteros.

He earned his law degree from the School of Law of the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City and his LL.M. from the American University, Washington College of Law in Washington D.C. Espinosa de los Monteros also received a specialization in amparo (constitutional appeals) at Universidad Panamericana.