David Jetuah, Accountancy Age, Friday 17 September 2010 at 14:36:00

RSM Tenon reverses earlier decision to scrap the head of tax role inappointing Paul Belsman, because of the department's growth after acquiringparts of Vantis's tax practice

RSM Tenon, the UK's seventh largest firm, has appointed Paul Belsman as itsnew Head of Tax in an policy U-turn caused by the rapid growth of thedepartment.

Belsman was previously head of tax at Vantis, which sold parts of itsbusiness to RSM Tenon in June, and this growth led to a review of how taxdepartment would be led.

The firmsaidearlier this year that the position was being scrapped after Andrew Juppleft by mutual agreement.

An RSM Tenon spokeswoman said: "The business has clearly moved on and issignificantly bigger than it was back then. This is a growth story and there wasa review of the tax department to reflect the changing nature of the business."

Andrew Hubbard, RSM Tenon's head of tax policy, will continue to have aprominent role within the firm and has been appointed as chairman of the taxteam with specific responsibility for tax policy and technical standards.

Belsman said: "The RSM Tenon tax team is recognised as one of the leading taxpractices in the UK as a result of its dedicated expertise on offer.

"I very much look forward to working very closely with Andrew Hubbard todrive forward the tax team and ensuring tax is at the heart of all our clients?businesses."

Andy Raynor, chief executive of RSM Tenon said: "Paul?s appointment comes ata very important time.

"Companies and individuals are starting to feel the effects of newlegislation including the higher rate of tax, new tax avoidance procedures andare expecting to have a harder time in the short term following the SpendingReview and the increase in VAT to 20%.

"Paul?s skills very much complement those existing within RSM Tenon, ideallypositioning us to help companies and entrepreneurs with their tax affairs at atime when there are a lot of questions to be answered."

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