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Carpenter Box appoints new VAT director

Damon Wright will head up its VAT practice and deliver high quality advice to clients including small to medium sized businesses, as well as large corporates

Carpenter Box, the accountancy firm based with multiple offices in Sussex, has appointed Damon Wright, a professional with over 20 years of experience, as its new VAT director.

The firm said Wright specialises in providing indirect tax and VAT services and has worked extensively in the travel sector advising airliners, tour operators and travel agents on general indirect tax and VAT issues, as well as the Tour Operators Margin Scheme and international business structures.

He joins Carpenter Box to head up its VAT practice and deliver high quality advice to clients including small to medium sized businesses, as well as large corporates.

Carpenter Box said Wright will work closely with its tax, audit and business services teams to offer a joined up, holistic service to its clients. He plans to grow the VAT practice, whilst continuing to service the firm’s existing client base, and is already looking to expand his team.

Having previously held senior positions at a variety of accountancy firms, including one of the ‘big four’, as well as in-house roles at Virgin and Thomas Cook Group Plc, it added that Wright has a “great deal of expertise” that will stand him in good stead at Carpenter Box.

He said: “I was attracted to Carpenter Box because it is a forward-thinking, well-established and well-reputed accountancy practice with a long history of serving companies in the local area, both large and small.

“My remit at the firm will include advising on any VAT issues, including land and property, international trade, HMRC enquiries and inspections, compliance, corporate governance requirements and operating in new or undefined regions.I am settling in well; everyone has been extremely welcoming and there is a great atmosphere.”

Stuart Noakes, head of Tax at Carpenter Box, added: “Brexit is creating ongoing challenges for companies that want to trade internationally and these are only going to intensify as the UK adjusts to what becomes the new norm. So, we are delighted to welcome somebody of Damon’s calibre. I wish him every success in his new role.”

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