Next up in our Q&A series is tax specialist Rebecca Benneyworth MBE, an ICAEW chartered accountant and chair of the Digital Advisory Group advising HMRC on making tax digital.  In her Keynote at the show, she’ll be outlining ‘Making Tax Digital work for you’, including how to start converting clients to digital recordkeeping, plans for the VAT implementation in 2019 and the income tax pilot.  

How did you get in to the profession?

I was recommended by my University careers adviser.  I met and married my husband at University and wanted a career that would combine well with having a family.  He suggested I become a Chartered Accountant and that was it!

What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?

Probably the juggling.  I have so many “hats” and travel so much that I need an organised person to make sure that I am in the right place at the right time, with the right train or air tickets.  Earlier in my career I was also juggling five children, but it’s just even more roles now.

And the most rewarding?

Sharing insights – whether it’s with a tax audience on some particularly difficult new rules, or with HMRC – helping them to see issues from the taxpayer or adviser standpoint.

What do you see as key trends for the accounting sector in the coming years?

I don’t think digital is the trend for coming years – I think it is right here right now, but I am looking forward to seeing how digital tools can help me offer a better service to my clients, and help them to build stronger, bigger businesses.

How important is Accountex to you and the sector?

It’s a great opportunity for the profession to get together and see what’s new, and to hear from others about their story.  For me?  It’s a great chance to meet loads of people – which is what I love!

What do you want visitors to take away from your session?

CONFIDENCE!  Lots of people are still worried or nervous about Making Tax Digital – I want them to go away thinking: “Yes, we CAN do this!”

Who or what inspires you to be even better?

The belief that I can make a difference – especially through my work with HMRC.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

“Take time to smell the roses” – a reminder about work-life balance.  My garden is full of vegetables and fruit, but getting out there for an hour is so restful.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that most people don’t know:

I am an actress for a company running murder weekends.  I have been a murderer, a dead body, an evil sister, a cheating wife and even Lady of the manor.  If our murderer is unlucky, he might find me arresting him on Sunday lunchtime.  It’s a job I frequently laugh through – mostly at the right times!

See Rebecca at Accountex 2018

For session details and timings, please visit: www.accountex.co.uk/speaker/rebecca-benneyworth.

To register for a free ticket to attend, please visit https://eventdata.uk/Visitor/Accountex.aspx?TrackingCode=ACX108.

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