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Meet the Team - abacusleeds

About Team

Ishtiaq Farooqui (FCCA, CEMAP, AIA)

Director

Ishtiaq started his accounting career within the Management Accounts department for a large PLC, after which he moved into the top five accountancy practices working on outsourced finance functions.

Ishtiaq qualified with ACCA then went on to set up his own successful accountancy practice in 2007 working with a large range of clients, from a variety of sizes and background, with their business planning, forensic accounting and all elements of tax planning.

Rakxa Parmar (FCCA)

Financial Accountant

Rakxa has always worked within the private sector and since qualifying with ACCA in 2002 has worked within the Risk Management/Internal Audit sector.

In 2012 Rakxa started to work alongside Ishtiaq, in his practice, to help develop the client base and undertake strategic tax planning for clients as well as undertaking the day to day accounting requirements for clients.

Amelia Carter (AAT)

Assistant Accountant

Amelia has worked as part of the team since 2016 and completed her AAT qualification in 2018. Amelia specialises in company and rental accounts.

Junaid Ansar  

Assistant Accountant

Junaid is currently studying towards his AAT qualification and works within the payroll and VAT department helping ensure that businesses are compliant with the requirements of the HMRC.

Tabarak Hussain ( ACCA)

Financial Accountant

Tabarak qualified as an Accountant with ACCA in 2018 and is involved in preparing company and sole trader accounts as well as ensuring clients are compliant with pension regulations as well as MTD.

Samiya Hussain (FCCA, CEMAP)

Senior Accountant

Samiya qualified as an Accountant with ACCA in 2008 and has always worked in practice predominantly with medium to large sized organisations, providing advice and guidance on tax planning. Samiya also works within the Forensic Accounting team providing detailed forensic accounting reports required for fraud investigations.

Robert Steel (CTA (CIOT), TEP, FPC)

Tax Consultant

Robert has got over twenty three years’ experience in advising accountants, solicitors, banks and Independent Financial Advisers on taxation in both the UK and overseas in relation to tax planning and tax problems.

Has a network of International qualified Tax professionals and relevant experts in countries throughout the world. Any jurisdictional advice is incorporated into the overall recommendation and ratified by local specialists.

Robert is a former Coordinator for The Chartered Institute of Taxation for the North of England, Scotland & Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man; and a former Chairman and Treasurer of the Leeds Branch of The Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Gareth Lewis (MAAT, MIPA, MABRP)

Insolvency Consultant

Gareth is a licensed insolvency practitioner, with experience in all aspects of business recovery and formal insolvency, both corporate and personal. Having originally trained in the general practice of an independent firm of accountants, Gareth chose to specialise in business recovery and insolvency in 1999. He is a member of the association of business recovery professionals (R3), and is a regular speaker for their introductory programme, for graduates and new business recovery professionals.

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