PSTAX supports the APSE Annual Conference and Excellence Awards in Belfast

PSTAX is delighted to have supported the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Annual Conference and Excellence Awards, which took place in Belfast last month. The event brought together representatives from councils across the UK to the Assembly Rooms, Belfast, to hear from industry-leading experts from across UK local government.

PSTAX attended as exhibitors and sponsors of the award for “Best Collaborative Working Initiative”. PSTAX’s Managing Director, Nick Burrows, and Director and Head of Employment Taxes, Angela Ferguson, attended as representatives showcasing the latest PSTAX products and services tailored to the public sector.

During the conference, APSE delegates were engaged in discussions on various tax services and topics including:

Land Taxes (SDLT, LBTT, LTT) Refunds and Consultancy

Our experts provided detailed insights into the complexities of land taxes and how councils can minimise costs and potentially secure refunds.

PSTAX Club Membership

We highlighted our flagship membership program, PSTAX Club, which offers a wide range of taxation benefits to the public sector. This includes access to a leading helpline, comprehensive training courses, discounted consultancy services, and many other benefits.

Market-only IR35 E-Learning Course

PSTAX’s market-leading IR35 e-learning course was demonstrated to delegates. This cost-effective and valuable tool is essential for councils seeking to ensure IR35 compliance.

Care Contract Novation

Our expert VAT team is actively assisting local authorities in conducting the essential due diligence checks to ensure that a care provider’s proposals do not present unacceptable VAT, procurement, legal, and contractual risks.

PSTAX Club Raffle Winner

PSTAX ran a competition at the exhibition stand, providing participants with the chance to win three months of complimentary membership to PSTAX Club. The winning council, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, will enjoy access to a host of benefits customised for the public sector, including access to a VAT, Employment Taxes, and Land Taxes/SDLT helpline, participation in VAT and Employment Tax forums, and discounted consultancy services.

The APSE Excellence Awards

Following the conference was the APSE Excellence Awards ceremony, held at Titanic Belfast. PSTAX proudly sponsored the “Best Collaborative Working Initiative” category. Gedling Borough Council in Nottinghamshire emerged as the deserving winner of the award, a recognition of their remarkable efforts in promoting collaboration and driving positive change in their community. The award was presented by PSTAX’s Managing Director, Nick Burrows.

PSTAX – The Public Sector Tax Specialists

The APSE Annual Conference and Excellence Awards provided a great platform for PSTAX to demonstrate our dedication to assisting local councils with taxation matters. Through our APSE exhibition stand, expert discussions, and sponsorship of the “Best Collaborative Working Initiative” category, PSTAX has underlined its support for excellence in the public sector. With our range of services and expertise, PSTAX continues to be a trusted partner for councils striving for financial and operational excellence. Our support of ASPE serves as a testament to our unwavering commitment to supporting local government across the UK.

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Nick Burrows

Written by Nick Burrows

Nick has nearly 30 years of working with and supporting public sector bodies with VAT and indirect taxes, starting at HM Customs and Excise and then as in-house VAT Officer at Hampshire County Council. Since moving to advisory firms, Nick has had senior public sector VAT roles at RSM Tenon (now RSM), KPMG, and PSTAX (since 2014). He has led VAT advice nationally on a wide range of public sector issues and helped shape HMRC policy in several key areas.

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