Colin Smith

Colin joined Independent Tax from the Tax Disputes team of a Big 4 accountancy firm. Colin has spent 12 years working in a variety of roles at HMRC, including presenting cases at Tribunal for HMRC, investigating offshore evasion, as a Case Director in the Affluent Team and as a Senior ADR facilitator (Colin is a CEDR-accredited mediator). Colin spent time both before and after his stint at HMRC at the same Big 4 accountancy firm, as well as shorter stints at Grant Thornton and BPP Professional Training.

Colin has spent most of his career immersed in HMRC investigations and associated issues in all their forms – COP9, local office, large business, HNW, employer compliance, avoidance). He can flex his style and approach to whatever the problem is and has been involved in cases and enquiries across all the taxes that HMRC administer. He uses the inside knowledge gained from his years in HMRC to the best advantage of his clients.

Colin is hugely approachable and builds trusted relationships with clients. When not at work or ferrying his children about, he can be found watching Sheffield Wednesday, out with his dog or fly fishing.

Our People

Colin Smith

Associate Director

Colin joined Independent Tax from the Tax Disputes team of a Big 4 accountancy firm. Colin has spent 12 years working in a variety of roles at HMRC, including presenting cases at Tribunal for HMRC, investigating offshore evasion, as a Case Director in the Affluent Team and as a Senior ADR facilitator (Colin is a CEDR-accredited mediator).

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Shenal Wijetunge

R&D Director

Shenal Wijetunge is a seasoned expert in the field of Research and Development Tax Relief, possessing a decade of robust experience spanning both SME and large company schemes. His diverse sectoral experience, which includes life sciences, food and drink, chemicals, consumer products, IT, and oil and gas, has empowered him to secure successful claims for numerous companies.

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Sarina Issap

Chief of Staff

Sarina provides direct support to the CEO and directors, providing oversight and guidance for all divisions within the AMS Group. Some of Sarina’s key roles are providing deep operational support, involvement in effective decision-making, managing integral projects for the business and coordinating the execution of strategic initiatives.

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