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Thomas Westcott unveils new Bridgwater director

With a background in the agricultural sector, Bell will provide clients across Somerset and beyond with advice on all aspects of accountancy including personal taxation

Thomas Westcott has announced the firm is expanding its Somerset team with the appointment of Tara Bell as its new director.

Based at the firm’s Bridgwater office, Bell brings over 19 years’ experience in accountancy to the role. With a background in the agricultural sector, she will provide clients across Somerset and beyond with advice on all aspects of accountancy including personal taxation.

Bell specialises in landlord and property owners’ tax affairs, tax compliance and consultancy, inheritance tax planning, capital gains tax and personal tax issues.

She has a range of accountancy experience in the private client sector, including advising high-net worth individuals on personal financial matters, as well as dealing with a diverse portfolio of partnerships and trusts.

Previously, she joined a regional accountancy firm after completing her Association of Taxation Technicians (AAT) qualification in 2005 and qualifying as a chartered tax advisor in 2007.

Overall, Thomas Westcott’s Bridgwater office currently employs around 20 members of staff, which includes two partners.

Bell said: “Being a farmer’s wife and daughter, naturally you learn first-hand and, looking after clients in the same sector, you have a real understanding of their business and what they are doing – it makes it much easier for clients to relate to you and build trusted relationships.

“While Somerset has a great deal of growth and development potential, Thomas Westcott is extremely well placed – the firm is not limited by locality; we serve clients all over the country which certainly makes us more competitive.”

Phil Butterworth, partner, added: “Tara is well known in the area, and she compliments the types of clients that we already have and who she is used to. It is a very exciting time for the Bridgwater office of Thomas Westcott, there is a lot happening now and Tara brings her experience which will inevitably bolster our position in the town.

“Combined with bringing more business to the team, Tara’s specialist knowledge will help support our future organic growth in the town and surrounding areas.”

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