Chartered Tax Advisers & Accountants

About M&S Accountancy

The business was formed in 1996 by Stewart McKinnon and James Slater, and we celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2016.

Our ability to provide appropriate expertise at an affordable cost to a client, whether it is a new start up business, major PLC or multi-national has been a big factor to our growth and success.

For our varied range of business clients located in Fife and throughout the UK, we work closely with our clients to understand their business and how we can add value.  Recently, the development of inexpensive cloud accounting software packages such as Xero has enhanced the way we can work with clients to have up to date figures and provide proactive tax planning advice.  As a ‘Silver’ partner with Xero, we are at the forefront of this exciting change from traditional accounting methods and have expertly skilled staff to implement this for the benefit of our clients.

Our directors and staff are all committed to delivering excellent professional service to our clients.

Directors and Officers

Stewart is one of our tax experts and is a Chartered Tax Adviser and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

As one of the founders of M&S, Stewart takes great pride in seeing how the business has both grown and, at the same time, retained the personal touch which has been a key component in the M&S’s success to date.  One of his main drivers is still the need to provide progressive tax planning in a format that clients can understand and this is something that is instilled in all professional staff.  Stewart is also very passionate about ensuring everybody in M&S is committed to high levels of client service.

Stewart has a wealth of experience which has helped establish the business’s reputation in providing excellent advice not only to local based clients but also those from all over the UK who have sought his expertise.  This includes implementing complex tax planning arrangements for clients and conducting specialist enquiries with HMRC where he is a fierce negotiator of his client’s position as the powers available to tax officers becoming ever more wide ranging.

Through his specialist knowledge and commitment to enhance his own professional development and also that of the other tax and professional staff, Stewart ensures that the firm is constantly at the forefront of current tax issues.  With this expertise, the priority is always to ensure that HMRC’s tax take from his clients is kept to a minimum with legitimate and affordable tax planning.

Prior to setting up M&S, Stewart started his professional career with HMRC before moving to Ernst & Young.

Outwith M&S, Stewart’s major interests are St Johnstone FC, football coaching and the football careers of his 3 sons.  Stewart also does other voluntary work with the charity Tax Help for Older People.

Stewart can be contacted by phone on +44 (0) 1383 621 118 or by email, stewart@msactax.co.uk.

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Catherine joined M&S as Senior Tax Manager in August 2010, and was later promoted to Associate.  She is now a director.

Catherine advises on both UK and US tax matters, putting to use her experience gained from working with Ernst & Young for 9 years, followed by 3 years working for a small boutique firm of Chartered Accountants.   Catherine has a vast amount of experience in managing the tax affairs of employees sent on international assignments and has also undertaken brief secondments to London and Frankfurt.  She has an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, is a member of the Association of Tax Technicians and is also an IRS Enrolled Agent.

Catherine is significantly involved in delivering M&S’s extensive consultancy offerings and carries out a variety of tax planning and consultancy work on a range of UK and overseas tax issues.  These clients include high net worth individuals, family companies and large corporations.

Catherine can be contacted by phone on +44 (0) 1383 621 118 or by email, catherine@msactax.co.uk.

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Jim is our Company Secretary and was a founder of the firm along with Stewart McKinnon.  He is at the forefront of providing cloud accounting training to both existing and new clients of the business.  He is also dedicated to ensuring the firm's IT support structure meets the ever changing demands of our clients.

After graduating from the University of Strathclyde, Jim qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1977 on completion of his training with Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young).  After qualifying, Jim gained experience in the profession with international practices KPMG and Spicer & Oppenheim.  After a short period working in Scottish local government, Jim started M&S along with Stewart McKinnon in 1996.

For a number of years he has been a member of the Indirect Taxes Sub-Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland, and he is a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Dunfermline Carnegie.

Jim can be contacted by phone on +44 (0) 1383 621 118 or by email, jim@msactax.co.uk.

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Senior Staff

Wendy started her professional career by joining M&S as a Trainee Tax Assistant in January 2007, and in May 2013 she was promoted to Tax Manager.  Wendy obtained an Honours Bachelor of Accountancy at University of Dundee and has been a member of the Association of Tax Technicians since January 2009. 

Due to our diverse client base, Wendy has a number of years of experience in dealing with various area of taxation.  In addition, Wendy works closely with the Directors and Vicki Stokes, Accounts Manager, regarding US tax and UK tax interaction, tax planning and also accounts matters.

Wendy oversees the tax department and looks after the tax compliance of a diverse portfolio of clients including high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and companies.  Wendy also specialises in PAYE matters and advises small to medium sized employers as well as a number of large corporations.  With the constant change in PAYE requirements for employers, Wendy also offers businesses ‘PAYE Health Checks’ from which a number of our clients have benefited.

Along with compliance, Wendy has experience in dealing with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) directly in respect of tax enquiries and assisting clients with voluntary tax disclosures.  We are pleased to say that she achieved the best possible outcome for our clients with minimal, or no penalties, imposed by HMRC.

As Wendy has direct involvement with our clients, she is keen to get to know our clients personally, which definitely adds value to our service.  

Wendy can be contacted by phone on +44 (0) 1383 621 118 or by email, wendy@msactax.co.uk.

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Vicki joined M&S in 2016 as Accounts Manager.  Vicki received an Honours Bachelor of Accountancy from Dundee University in 2006 and has since gained her ACCA professional accounting qualification. 

Vicki joins us after gaining experience in a number of roles in the financial services sector, and her experience is key for her work with our clients in making reporting requirements for accounting and tax purposes as straightforward as possible for owner managed businesses.  Along with compliance matters, Vicki also provides initial and ongoing support for clients in a number of other key areas such as VAT, bookkeeping and management accounts.

At M&S we firmly believe that the future of accounting is through the use of online software and Vicki plays a key role in the set up, training and ongoing support to clients using online accounting systems.

Vicki can be contacted by phone on +44(0) 1383 621 118 or by email, vicki@msactax.co.uk

Cally is the PA to the Directors and assists them in all aspects of the management and administration of the business, from personnel issues to IT matters.  Cally is also primarily responsible for dealing with credit control for M&S.

Cally is an experienced administrator having held a number of administrative and secretarial roles prior to joining M&S and has an HND in Business Administration.  Cally has also spent some years as a bookkeeper and is qualified to ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) Level 2 for both manual and computerised bookkeeping.

Cally can be contacted by phone on +44 (0) 1383 621 118 or by email, cally@msactax.co.uk.

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