Ian Bowden, Partner, Tax Technology

Tax Technology is critical in helping organisations be as effective as they can be. 

I lead BDO's Tax Technology business, which is part of our broader practice that helps clients to optimise their tax operations. My team helps clients to use technology more effectively and we provide insights into the latest developments. Managing your tax requirements has never been more important. At BDO we are here to help you get it right.

I am passionate about fixing things. I love a challenge, which is why tax technology has been home for nearly 20 years. Where else can a ‘technologist’ make a real difference and help clients fix real business issues.

In a nutshell, I solve complex tax problems with technology. Simple right? We all have areas of our day jobs which could be better, ‘there has to be a better way?’ 

I help clients in three ways: 

  1. I help you make the most of what you have. Can existing systems work better for you in tax?
  2. I know the tax technology market, which includes established brands but also new disruptive technology solutions. I help explain what is out there, what could work for you, as well as helping you design and implement the right solutions
  3. If there are still gaps, I innovate. We build solutions to plug gaps

Growing up in the North East and dreaming of being a professional sportsman ingrained in me a sense of honesty and integrity, but also the fact you have to have fun in what you do. Those core values I carry through to my work, throw in the importance of teams and that is me.

I have the ability to present complex IT technical areas in a straightforward and easy to understand manner. Being able to translate the technology for tax people and tax for technology people is what I do. I’m here to help. I love switching on light bulbs with people. There has to be a better way right?