Centurion

Liz Maher

10th June 2019

PRESS RELEASE

Leading and award-winning VAT specialists Centurion is the latest tax expert to join the 120+ firm merger.

Wales-based Centurion VAT is a UK award-winning VAT specialist team which offers a range of sector-specific VAT Support Services across the UK, Europe and beyond. Centurion is a VAT expert team of 6 senior specialists with over 175 years of practical VAT knowledge built from industry, consultancy and HMRC experience. As well as supporting clients on any issue where VAT gets complicated, Centurion is highly regarded in the sector and speaks on VAT at UK events, including the British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) Tax Conference and The Association of Colleges Finance Conference, as well as events for professional bodies such as AAT, ICAEW, CIMA and ACCA. Specialist VAT advisors to VAT complex sectors including Housing Associations, Universities and Colleges, Public Bodies and the Non-Profit Sector, they also support larger corporate clients on a wide range of VAT management concerns – from property deals to export issues. They already provide support for a wide range of UK legal and accountancy businesses when complicated VAT concerns arise for their clients.

Centurion will automatically become a VAT specialist for all 150+ Xeinadin offices whilst they will also support other professional services firms being accountants, lawyers and direct tax advisory firms with helpline support to enable them to ensure VAT issues arising for their clients are resolved effectively.

Xeinadin is also very proud to announce that Liz Maher, Director of Centurion VAT, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2019 New Year’s Honours List for services to Diversity and to Economic Development.

Formerly an HMRC VAT inspector and an Indirect Tax Director with Ernst & Young, Liz, with 35 years VAT experience, is a regular VAT speaker at events for the ICAEW, ACCA and AAT. Liz has also delivered VAT Webinars for bodies, including the Chartered Institute of Housing and for Exporters through the Open to Export government initiative.

Liz is frequently called upon by the media to provide commentary, not only for her expert VAT opinion, but also in her past role as President of the South and Mid-Wales Chamber of Commerce and current role as a CBI Wales Council member. Unsurprisingly Making VAT Digital and planning for Brexit, with their impact on VAT systems and on businesses’ ability to grow external markets, are recurring themes in 2019.

On joining Xeinadin Liz said: “It’s a simple, obvious, yet world class strategy. Centurion has grown over the last 21 years to become a highly regarded VAT specialist advisory team which provides accessible VAT expertise and support to our many clients. I’ve operated in this industry for decades and I can truly say this step creates a major disruption for those Big 4 accountancy providers as businesses across the UK need to know they do have other options when needing to access high quality VAT expertise. Subscribing to a digitally driven consolidation within this 120+ firm merger ensures this wider access. Overnight we’ve been given the opportunity to serve over 40,000 UK and Ireland businesses through our partners’ mutual cooperation. As a team of VAT specialists, the community of practitioners have made us feel welcome. Neil Ballard of Lewis Ballard has been very supportive and we thank him for helping us to integrate into this special group.”

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Centurion

Liz Maher

10th June 2019

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