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Motor

From audit and assurance, tax planning and compliance, through to deals support and transactional tax advice, field team training and outsourcing, or company car ownership schemes, our experts have got the keys and driven growth. When it comes to the financials of your dealership, trust the experts.

Our specialist motor team provides up-to-date, accurate, concise and tailored advice, services and solutions to many UK dealer groups. Our specialists are trusted advisers to many motor dealer groups, supporting them on aspects of ECOS, PAYE, capital allowance and corporate finance.

With a proactive approach and extensive knowledge of the industry, we provide thought leadership and remain at the forefront of key issues facing the sector. We also run sector-specific and focused update events, such as the MHA Motor FD Forum and the Berkhamstead Motor Club. This enables us to actively engage with owners of retail groups, manufacturers and other advisers in the sector on a broad range of business issues, identifying ways to proactively support them with their strategic, operational, cost reduction, risk and compliance agendas.

How we work in dealership accountancy 

  • The experienced motor team provide a comprehensive range of services and specialist advice including:
  • Audit and assurance: we act as auditors for 75+ motor dealers and lease businesses including Sturgess, Pentagon, Delgarth and Vanarama.
  • Tax planning and compliance: we are tax advisers to 100+ motor dealers and manufacturers, including many Top 50 dealer groups.
  • Capital Allowances (CA): we have the UK’s leading motor CA specialist in our team maximising allowances on dealers’ historic and current property acquisitions and expenditures.
  • Transactional tax advice and exit planning: ensuring the right operational and entity structure for our clients, including their trading and property interests.
  • Shareholder wealth and inheritance tax planning: tax-efficient extraction of wealth for dealership owners.
  • Employment taxes and company cars: supporting you with issues such as car averaging, establishing employee car ownership schemes, worker status, and travel and subsistence.
  • VAT planning and compliance: working with you on cases of HMRC litigation, partial exemption, finance and insurance income, Motability, dealer discounts and other specific motor VAT issues
  • Strategic and corporate finance support: sale and acquisition, restructuring, refinancing, operational and business strategy reviews to help your dealership grow.
  • Business support: providing health checks, deal file and month-end reporting, and other process reviews, including FCA and cyber security.
  • Field team training and outsourcing: we can provide support to manufacturers’ BM teams and funders’ risk teams.

Get in touch, and let’s drive towards growth together.

Key contact

Head of Motor, Partner
Steve Freeman
+44 (0)1908 662 255
 

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Meet the team

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Duncan Cochrane-Dyet

Partner

Duncan is a specialist Audit and Assurance partner. He joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in 2014 as part of the firm’s regional and sector growth strategy. He was previously an Audit Director at EY, spending more than 15 years at both EY and PwC in London, where he worked with clients ranging from international listed groups to national and local owner-managed enterprises. Before training as an accountant, he was an officer in the British Army.

Duncan works closely with his clients in understanding their objectives and operations. He brings together specialist teams to focus the experience and expertise of the wider firm to help businesses and their owners achieve their aims throughout the corporate lifecycle; from inception, through growth, to exit by succession, IPO or sale.

His personal commitment in a voluntary capacity extends over 20 years in a variety of roles. Currently he is a special advisor to the UK Vasculitis Trust, and a director and chair of the Audit Committee of the Valley Invicta Academies Trust.

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Steve Freeman

Head of Motor, Partner

Steve heads up our National Motor Sector Practice and motor Advisory Business out of our Milton Keynes office. He was previously a partner at PwC and EY and he also led a boutique motor specialist advisory firm where he worked with a number of motor dealers. Steve has grown our Motor Sector practice by bringing in sector experts and through engaging with manufacturers and owners of retail groups in a broad business dialogue, thereby finding ways to support them with their strategic, operational risk and tax compliance agendas, Steve’s audit portfolio includes Top 100 group's and many other dealer groups. He also leads a number of motor networks and forums, including The MHA Motor FD Forum and Berkhamsted Motor Club  meaning his clients and executives in the sector regard him as a trusted advisor.

Steve is a father of three children and he spends his weekends as either a coach to his son’s football team or as a taxi driver for either of his two daughter’s many extra-curricular activities.

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Alison Horner

Indirect Tax Partner

Alison is a Chartered Tax Adviser who works closely with her clients across the firm to manage the complexities of VAT and to identify VAT savings and opportunities.

As VAT Partner she has worked with the firm for 15 years and previously worked for Reuters, Deloitte and started her VAT career with HMRC. Alison and her team aim to provide commercial solutions to the issues facing our clients, who are from all types of sectors. In particular Alison enjoys advising on property and construction matters and international trade. 

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Gareth Peters

Partner

Gareth tends to work on the firm's larger and more complex clients. Based in the Milton Keynes office he became Tax Partner in 2016 after 12 years with the firm. As both a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Gareth covers a wide spectrum of tax issues, both corporate and personal.  Concentrating on owner-managed businesses, his expertise covers corporate tax, mergers & demergers, acquisitions & MBOs, exit & remuneration planning, as well as advising individual clients on more bespoke tax planning strategies.

Gareth is also one of the firm’s R&D tax credit specialists and has advised companies across many sectors including Manufacturing, Engineering, I.T. and Medical Research on how to maximise their claims. He is also works with the National Head of Motor, Steve Freeman, as Tax Partner for the firms Motor sector.

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What they say about us

The team at MHA MacIntyre Hudson have taken away the burden of the day to day bookkeeping, payroll and CIS work off me. This has enabled me to spend more time working on my business, finding new work, new ideas and ways to be more profitable. Thanks to the help I’ve received, I can see a bright future for me and my company. Luke Day - Complete Wiring Solutions

What they say about us

With MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s support, our business has been very successful since we started three years ago. Simon Burke - Dalbergia Group