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Meet the TaxBuddy team below.
Paula Egan, founder and principal of Finance Services and TaxBuddy.ie is a strategic and innovative entrepreneur with more than 20 years’ experience at senior director level. During her career to date she has successfully created, advised, managed, built and sold her own business and those of many clients.
While managing her first major business, the recruitment agency Celtic Careers, Paula was honoured to be awarded with the National Network Ireland Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007. In 2015 she became the first woman to achieve this prestigious Award for the second time, for her work with her leading-edge, lean-focused company, Finance Services.
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Paula is a graduate of University of Ulster (Honours Degree in Business – specialising in finance), and of Dublin City University (MBA). Constantly up-skilling, Paula has most recently been accepted for the Institute of Directors in Ireland’s Chartered Director Programme, commencing in January 2016.
Paula’s first senior management role was with SMC Pneumatics – a Japanese global PLC, where she held the post of Finance Manager for nine years and was integral to several complex, high profile international projects, in additional to being responsible for Finance, IT, HR and Admin functions in Ireland.
In 1999, together with her business partner, Paula established Celtic Careers, which serviced the permanent and temporary recruitment needs of many blue chip multinationals and SME clients. The company recorded strong growth and financial turnover, operating from two offices with almost 40 in-house staff. After close to a decade at the helm, Paula took the opportunity to sell her shares in Celtic Careers in 2008 – at the peak of its success – in order to explore other options.
In direct response to the prevailing recessionary environment, Paula launched Finance Services in 2009 with the aim of promoting a lean business model and delivering tangible and essential financial services to a broad client base. Paula’s particular and personal interest in Irish indigenous business drove the direction of the Finance Services, which offers specific expertise in accounting, financial control, payroll and income tax. Finance Services has been acknowledged as providing a compelling and affordable model to businesses of all dimensions operating in a challenging economic setting. The company has recorded annual double-digit growth since its inception.
Paula is also a director of and shareholder in JPI Precision and General Engineering Limited.
Dave Hickey, director and shareholder manages the smooth running of operations. A qualified accountant who can both talk the financial talk, and walk the walk, Dave handles the teams workload, quality and completion and is a knowledgeable liaison point on tax issues. Dave is a hard working individual who has an informal and friendly demeanour and works with clients to make sure no stone is unturned in his quest to minimise taxes and maximise tax refunds.
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Dave completed a BA in finance in 2005 and then pursued the ICAI – Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland and qualified in January 2009. He brings eight years accounting and tax experience to the table while working in audit environment. His experience includes large audit exposure, including liquidations, forensic investigations and tax reviews. Dave has assisted many people to navigate their way through complicated tax situations with very positive results.
A keen cyclist Dave is treasurer of Maynooth University Past Pupil Union and has been instrumental in raising over a half million charity funds and most importantly managing the annual Galway cycle monies. http://www2.galwaycycle.ie/
Anna has in excess of 25 years income tax and payroll experience under her belt. She is an Associate of the Irish Payroll Association and maintains an expert knowledge of all tax and payroll matters by engaging in continual education offered by the Payroll Association, Sage and the Revenue Commissioners.
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Her IATI qualification ensures she has a good understanding of accounting for our self-employed clients. She offers ongoing recommendations to Sage with respect to modifying payroll software to incorporate the ongoing changes in income tax legislation. Anna has worked with Finance Services for over 20 years and has developed the key procedures and policies that have been partly responsible for the company’s success since the inception of Tax Buddy. Anna oversees the running of our payroll division and actively manages the operations of the large multi-national clients, plus the group companies. She works closely with Larry on income tax solutions.
Anna is also our UK income tax expert and she assists many cross-border employees or multiple employment situations to minimise their income tax exposure.
A great piano player, her motto is ‘practise makes perfect’ and she certainly applies that to her daily work. If you want that perfect income tax return – nothing less than perfection is strived for every time.
Accounting and Book Keeping Manager, ACCA
Laura McCabe is our accounting and book keeping manager. Laura joined the company in November 2017 from an audit manager role in a fast paced medium sized firm. She has experience from start up companies to group companies including not-for-profit organisations and charities. Having completed honours in a business undergraduate degree and a post graduate degree in accounting in NUI Maynooth. She completed her ACCA exams while training in a family practice.
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Laura has a hands on approach to provide accurate timely accounts to her client base. She is highly motivated to help her client meet their financial targets and focuses on providing services to her clients with information in a way they can understand, while adding value to the finance function of her clients.
Jeff McCann is one of the newest members to the TaxBuddy team. After initially completing his honours degree in accounting, Jeff decided to undertake a master’s in finance. Following his graduation Jeff received a Gold Medal for achieving first place on the Masters of Science in Finance, which is awarded to the student with the highest graded thesis.
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Jeff specialised mainly in producing tax returns and accounts for sole traders, when Jeff has spare capacity he also produces management accounts and payroll for some of our larger clients therefore he is gaining a varied experience which bodes well for advising our clients on a number of issues. Jeff is currently a student of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and is in the process of completing his final professional exams.
Graham Egan is currently the youngest member of the team. After deciding a life of Computer Programming was not for him, he joined us and began studying at night for his Chartered Accountant Qualification. In the last 18 months Graham has gained extensive experience in Taxation, Management Accounts and Payroll along with taking great strides in his studies. Graham boasts excellent speed and efficiency along with a natural knack for computers, which he has leveraged to create internal systems and processes that aid in the delivery of accurate information to our clients.
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Graham looks forward to working closely with our TaxBuddy clients to ensure they receive an excellent service in a timely and professional manor, and more importantly, a nice tax refund!
Gary is the most recent recruit and brings with him a wide range of experience including retail management, procurement and stock control. When the recession came, Gary took the brave decision to make a career change and hey, we think it was the right move. Gary has shown a real aptitude for our business. The accounting technician course Gary has embarked upon will add to his range of knowledge and capability and will help ensure he can support you in the best possible way.
Tim has just joined the TaxBuddy.ie team. Originally hailing from the US he has super customer service skills, actually he is Awesome! Tim gained his work experience in First Active, Anglo Irish Bank, Guinness Storehouse and Games Workshop.
Currently completing IATI qualification, he also has undertaken additional courses in Tax, Payroll and Bookkeeping.
Michelle worked with Paula Egan for several years in her previous business and was one of the top performers. So when Paula sold her shares and the company closed a year later, it was natural that Michelle would move over to Tax Buddy and she has been here ever since.
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Michelle is loyal and trustworthy and has been a huge supporter of building the success to date. Michelle is qualified by experience and looks after her clients with a real sense that it is her own tax return she is filing. She works hard to make sure she can help you wherever possible. The main challenge we face is getting visibility of the paperwork such as your medical receipts, we know what a pain it is to search for paperwork – but hey, you need to have it and Michelle is the girl who will help you.