Team Talk

 

Andrew Scott - Tax Manager

Andrew joined Ensors in December 2014, having previously worked for Scrutton Bland in their Ipswich and Colchester offices. In 2018, Andrew was promoted to Corporate Tax Manager and advises clients and entrepreneurs on corporate and business tax issues, including remuneration planning, start-ups and business exits, specialising in direct tax issues for charities, Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax breaks, R&D tax credits, employee share schemes and foreign tax issues for UK companies operating internationally.
   
 Andrew qualified as a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) in 2008, became a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) in 2017 and has over a decade’s worth of experience in working with clients across East Anglia. He also has experience in a wide range of sectors and advising different types of entities, including small and medium-sized businesses, large audited entities, charities, clubs, unincorporated associations, groups of companies and UK subsidiaries of foreign-owned companies.

Q:  Why did you choose to go into tax?

A:  As the saying goes, only two things are certain in life - ‘taxes and death’. Neither are both cheerful disciplines but I didn’t fancy being a funeral director.

Q:  Why did you choose Ensors?

A:  Ensors is a well-respected, regional firm and is renowned for being proactive in developing its staff, which has been great for my personal progression.

Q:  What do you really enjoy about your job?

A:   The job gives me wide-ranging opportunities to stretch my abilities and I enjoy being faced with the challenges that learning new areas brings.

Q:   If you had to do something different and money and skill was no object, what would you do?

A:   I would put all my things into storage, buy a backpack, say my goodbyes and make it my mission to visit every single country I haven’t been to yet. There are so many places in the world to see and different cultures to learn about. I would enjoy being constantly on the go.

Q:   What is the most unusual task you have been asked to carry out at work?

A:   Telling a client that ‘speed camera paint’, which you put over your car’s registration plate to reflect the flash of speed cameras to make your car undetectable, is not a business expense.

Q:   If you could invite any 3 people to dinner who would they be and why?

A:   Steph & Dom from Gogglebox – They seem to be always boozed up and having a laugh every time they’re on TV. They would be an absolute hoot and a half, although I’m not sure my alcohol cabinet would amount to much by the time they’d got into the taxi home.

Sharon Horgan – She has written some really funny comedies and I imagine we would share the same dark sense of humour.

Charlotte Crosby – From what I have seen of her on-screen drunken antics and the witty comments she comes out with, they would certainly keep the dinner party entertained all night, if we make it past the starter!

Q:  What was your first day at work like? 

A: It was the fifth day of working for Ensors which is the most memorable. It was the night of the firm’s Christmas party and after drinking too many shots before dinner, I was sick at the table – not a good first impression to make in front of my new colleagues!

Q:  Who’s your favourite band/singer?

A: I love 90s Britpop music with bands such as Blur, The Levellers, Suede, Ocean Colour Scene.  You will never get that era of quality music again.  My favourite is band Oasis - I liked the fact that they could never behave themselves at the Brit Awards and always made some offensive remark on live TV before the watershed.

Q:   What’s your favourite TV programme?

A:   My favourite TV programme is The Walking Dead.  A post-apocalyptic world full of flesh-eating zombies with no tax and no timesheets sounds rather appealing.