Q&A with Laura Mair: It’s time to ditch the stereotype

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By Hannah Downie, CA Today

19 May 2017

Think a career in tax could be monotonous? Think again. For Laura Mair CA, Tax Partner at EY, every day is different.

What do you do?

I am a Tax Partner at EY, leading the tax practice across the Central Belt & Inverness.

What are the main challenges facing your area of work at the moment?  

The level of change in tax legislation combined with the level of uncertainty, both political and economic.

How will you deal with these challenges?  

Staying close to our clients through this period of uncertainty and really understanding their business models and strategic plans for the future is key.  There are no longer “one size fits all” solutions in tax.Laura Mair

You will be speaking at ICAS annual Tax Conference which takes place on 23 May, what will you be speaking on and what are the main issues in this area? 

I will be speaking on the main changes arising from this year’s budget and Finance Bill and considering how the UK is fitting in with other global trends that we are seeing.

What do you most like about your job?

The variety.  Every day is different.  Working in Central Scotland means I have the privilege of gaining insight into so many different businesses and sectors and I work with a multi-disciplinary team so something new crops up every other day!

... and what do you feel is most worthwhile? 

When you see change being embraced; whether that be with the expansion and growth of your clients or the development of your teams.

What would you say to someone thinking of a career in tax?  

I would say “open your mind”.  The role has changed so much in the last five years, so ditch the stereotypical image you might have in your head!

The ICAS Tax Conference 2017 takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh on Tuesday 23 May. Cost: Members and Students: £192 Non-members: £234 CAPS Firm: £174. All prices include VAT.


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