Tony started working for HM Customs & Excise in 1993 originally in the registration, deregistration, and debt management units before being promoted to VAT visiting officer in 1999 when he undertook full VAT training. He was promoted to Higher Officer grade in 2003 and continued to work for the department when it became part of HMRC in 2005. He remained there until the Blackburn Office closed in 2018.
In that time he was involved in many different aspects of VAT. He spent many years carrying out VAT Audits and is vastly experienced at identifying errors and problems. He is familiar with most VAT systems and has worked on penalties, voluntary disclosures, and appeals as well as being heavily involved in task force work. He has also spent time on specialist investigations and was the single point of contact for VAT for tax avoidance in the film industry.
He spent many years training recruits, many of who have progressed to senior positions within HMRC and has also been an interviewer for potential new staff.
He has experience in most types of business and has worked in many complex cases and checked businesses are operating schemes correctly such as second-hand cars, retail, flat rate, and partial exemption.