John is a Senior Tax Manager based in our Ilfracombe and Barnstaple offices and is an invaluable source of reference for all other offices. 

He manages a portfolio of business  and personal clients covering a range of industries and sectors. John has over 35 years’ experience of advising individuals and businesses on all aspects of taxation. He has a particular focus on matters relating to Capital Gains tax, Inheritance Tax, Trusts, and VAT.

Over recent years John has dealt with VAT reclaims for golf clubs recovering significant refunds through negotiations with HMRC; He has advised various organisations on their VAT including one charity who stated that due to the work he carried out for them in direct negotiations with HM Customs that Thomas Westcott became the largest donor to their substantial fundraising for their new project as they were structured appropriately;  Advised many businesses on their structure to facilitate correct VAT liabilities. 

John has assisted businesses with succession issues to facilitate the smooth handover of businesses to the next generation; and led on family inheritance tax planning projects co-ordinating not only with the client but other professional advisers. This knowledge extends to assisting with planning for the relevant capital taxes that apply to business and individuals.

In his spare time, John enjoys getting out of the office especially days at the beach. 

"Having grown up in the area, I enjoy swimming and surfing; in fact anything that involves a beach."



john-colwill John Colwill
Senior Tax Manager
tel: 01271 863662

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