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Travel & Tourism

You’re facing the threat of terrorism and concerns over carbon emissions. You’re dealing with disruptive technologies and new business models. You’re catering to increasingly independent and demanding customers. That’s plenty to keep you occupied without having to worry about accounting and compliance. 

Our travel industry specialists understand the issues facing owner managers and SME travel agencies, tour operators and travel management companies. We can help with the day-to-day running and strategic development of your business, including all your taxation, audit and regulatory requirements, helping you to plan effectively for the future - or for the next industry disruption.

How our travel accounting specialists can help your business

Alongside the usual accounting, advisory and compliance services you would expect, our team is expert in the specific nuances of the travel and tourism industry. We can work with you on:

  • Business planning, disposals and acquisitions
  • Maintaining cash flow and profitability through difficult times
  • VAT accounting and mitigation – we have VAT specialists who can help with the complex Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme (TOMS) calculations
  • International VAT compliance
  • Dealing with employment tax issues and the engagement of workers
  • Licensing and protection support including ATOL, ABTA, IATA and TTA
  • Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requirements such as the APC
  • Completion of travel sector regulators annual accountant's reports (such as CAA, ABTA, ABTOT)
  • Transfer pricing assistance
  • BSP data audits

Get in touch with our experts

If you want to discuss a specific issue, ask us for a quote, or simply find out what we have to offer, please complete the form below and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Alternatively, please email us at webenquiries@mhllp.co.uk

 

Meet the team

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Rebecca Bishop

VAT Assistant Manager

Rebecca is ACCA qualified and joined the firm in 2019, specialising in the Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme for VAT. She previously worked for eight years at a regional firm of accountants where she worked closely with a portfolio of clients in various industries assisting with all aspects of running and managing their accounts functions, software requirements and providing bespoke management reports.

Rebecca is now using her accountancy and software experience to advise clients on how TOMS impacts their accounting, their margins and their businesses.

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Martin Pooley

TOMS VAT Consultant

Martin specialises in the Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme for VAT (TOMS). This is the special VAT scheme which saves tour operators from having to register in every Member State where they send clients.

He joined the firm in 2019 and is passing on his TOMS expertise to the VAT team in Kent led by Sue Rathmell.

Martin was previously an independent TOMS consultant for 27 years, acting for 500 operators over that time. Before that he was a tax partner at KPMG after training with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London.

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Hannah Black

Audit Manager

Hannah joined the MHA MacIntyre Hudson London office as an audit manager at the start of 2020, and currently manages a portfolio ranging from small owner managed businesses to international groups.

Hannah graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2014 with a First Class Honours degree in Accounting and Finance. She is ACA qualified with more than 6 years’ experience of providing audit and assurance services to clients across a variety of sectors, including retail and consumer, travel and tourism and the pharmaceutical industry.

Hannah maintains a friendly and approachable working style and strives to provide a high level of service to all of her clients.

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Sue Rathmell

Partner

Sue is an Indirect Tax specialist with more than 25 years’ experience of VAT, Insurance Premium Tax, excise and customs duties. She joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in April 2017 and heads up the Indirect Tax services in the Kent region. 
 
Sue spent 5 years as in-house Indirect Tax Manager at Saga plc. Before that Sue worked for a Big 4 firm in London and in Central Europe and initially she worked for HMRC. Sue is a Chartered Tax Advisor.
 
With experience with over 50’s tour operator Saga under her belt, Sue is a travel VAT specialist, helping tour operators understand the Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme (known as TOMS) which calculates how much VAT is due on holidays. TOMS is also used in the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) world.  
 
Outside the office, Sue enjoys travelling, particularly island hopping in Greece in search of the perfect beach and the perfect taverna.
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