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Claritas Tax, the independent tax advisory firm with offices in Birmingham and Manchester has announced the appointment of Richard Smith, as Associate Partner and Head of Indirect Tax.

His skills and experience will help the firm to drive its growth plans, build on existing and new client relationships and respond to the fast-changing needs of clients.

Richard Smith, tells us: “After many years working in senior leadership positions within the Big 4 environment, I am delighted to be joining such a vibrant, dynamic, and award-winning tax team whose growth trajectory to date has been extremely impressive. Claritas’ ambitious expansion plans mirror my own and I feel privileged and excited to be able to join the business and take on the role of leading and developing its Indirect Tax function. The VAT landscape remains complex and challenging to navigate and one of my key objectives will be to build and maintain trusted advisor relationships to ensure clients mitigate their VAT risk and effectively manage their compliance obligations”.

Claritas has had a fantastic year so far, being announced as the ‘Best Independent Tax Consultancy Firm’ at the prestigious Tolley’s Taxation Awards 2022 and more recently having been recognised asSpecialist Transaction Team of the Year’ at the Insider Midlands Dealmakers awards. Not to mention a landmark year for them, celebrating ten years since the firm was founded.

Matt Hodgson, Partner, comments: “I’m absolutely delighted that Richard’s joined us. It’s rare to find someone with such a wealth of experience in the world of indirect tax and with the vision and appetite to build such a service line with us. Richard’s appointment is a real statement for Claritas as we continue to recruit high-calibre people and build upon our full-service tax offering to the mid-market.”

Iain Wright, Partner, adds: “Our firm is ending the year in a really strong position and that is down to the fantastic team we have. I believe that adding Richard to the mix will not only bolster Claritas’ work but we’re continually investing in our multi-disciplinary service lines to support our clients on all of their complex tax needs.

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