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Ben Powell, Lead Partner, Local Government Tax team, Deloitte | LinkedIn Profile

Ben Powell, Lead Partner, Local Government Tax team, Deloitte

Ben is the Lead Partner for Deloitte’s Local Government Tax team, providing advice primarily on VAT but also other taxes such as NNDR, employment taxes and corporation tax. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and has over 15 years’ experience advising public sector organisations and a variety of private sector clients. Ben and his team provide advice on structuring, refund claims and compliance issues and have added value to numerous local authorities by reducing indirect tax costs and maximising cashflow through careful planning.

Tel: 07881 804171
Email: bpowell@deloitte.co.uk


Tom Smith, Director, Global Employer Services (GES), Deloitte

Tom Smith, Director, Global Employer Services (GES), Deloitte

Tom is a director in the UK-based GES team. He leads their offering to the public sector across the UK (including the NHS, central government, local government, housing, charities and education). He has over 20 years of experience providing tax advice. For the last 13 of these he specialised in providing employment tax advice to private and public sector clients. He has experience of assisting clients with all areas of employment tax but most notably employment status, CIS, HMRC enquiries, reviewing existing processes and policies to make them more robust, expenses and termination payments.

Tel: 07825 593059
Email: tomjsmith@deloitte.co.uk


Ruairí O'Leary, Indirect Tax Consultant, Deloitte

Ruairí O'Leary, Indirect Tax Consultant, Deloitte

Ruairí is a consultant in Deloitte’s Indirect Tax team, who has provided indirect tax support to a variety of public sector bodies since 2019. Since 2022 he has been a part of the team delivering indirect tax support to CIPFA members through the tax advisory service.
Ruairí’s experience advising public sector bodies on their VAT responsibilities includes support with refund claims, input tax recovery on contracted out services and the VAT implications of property transactions.
Tel: 01293 623 930
Email: ruaoleary@deloitte.co.uk