The best accountant in the world would offer advice that is both timely and relevant.

These were the words that were ringing in my ears as I started my firm, IP Tax Solutions, back in January 2013. These very words were uttered by a highly successful entrepreneur and they have turned into a goal that I have been seeking to reach every day since:

How can I offer tax advice that is timely and relevant?

To pop up with the right advice, insight and experience to fit each clients' needs at the right time.

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Having trained with one of the Big 4 accountancy firms, progressing to senior manager before joining a mid-tier firm as tax partner, my goal has been to bridge the gap between small, independent local accountancy firms and the large international firms.

To seek to offer timely and relevant advice to entrepreneurs from startup to exit.

And this is what we do at IP Tax Solutions. We deal with those trickier bits that many local accountants and bookkeepers prefer not to.

Tax advisory work like:

  1. R&D tax credits
  2. SEIS / EIS
  3. Patent Box
  4. Remuneration planning
  5. CGT Exit planning

We don't do general accountancy and bookkeeping. So you don't need to leave your existing accountants to work with us. In fact, we provide support to other accountancy firms across the length and breadth of the UK.

Overall, I hope that we bring an 'unstuffy' and approachable face to helping you navigate the often complex area of taxation.

Sure, there are specialists out there who focus solely on R&D tax credits or EMI schemes or capital allowances (or whatever comes next...).

I decided to adopt a slightly different approach.

I believe that it is important for entrepreneurs to consider their tax affairs holistically. To understand how one tax relief claim might have a knock-on effect elsewhere - for example, the interaction of taxes between you and your company.

Twenty years of tax experience and knowledge come to bear. I think that's important.

Here on our site, we are also attempting to build an archive of useful and practical tax guides, tips and tutorials so that you can dip in to get what you need, when you need it. Please subscribe to get the full benefit and I'll keep adding to it.

Timely and relevant. The quest continues...

Steve Livingston LLB FCA


We are regulated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and we adhere to the principles set out in the PCRT Guidelines relating to the provision of R&D tax credit services