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Mark Seaden, Employment Tax Director

I am a Director in the BDO Employment team, leading our offering in Reading and the wider Thames Valley area, but linking with colleagues across the UK. I’m the national champion for expenses and benefits and support the firm on its own employment tax affairs. I advise my clients on matters connected with compliance, ensuring they mitigate the risk of failing to meet their obligations around withholding and reporting, including P11D reporting, PAYE Settlement Agreements, termination payments and HMRC audits etc. I also advise on cost efficiency, considering aspects of reward and introducing efficiencies, such as salary sacrifice, car schemes, utilising exemptions for entertaining and gifts, etc.

I am CTA qualified with over 25 years’ of experience, benefitting clients by bringing them assurance over compliance. I ensure that businesses pay the tax they are required to pay, but do not pay tax unnecessarily. In the event of a HMRC review, any irregularities are assessed only where appropriate and penalties are mitigated, therefore reducing costs through effective planning. I typically work in the private sector, but also work with clients across a variety of other sectors and sizes.

I listen to the issues and experiences of my clients, bringing them new ideas and advice on consultations and changes, bringing the right people in to assist. I seek to personalise tax, by not accepting the norm and thinking about alternatives, adding value through compliance and cost efficiency. My specialisms include salary sacrifice, electric cars and HMRC reviews.

Outside of work I enjoy running and often volunteer at Parkrun, which enables me to clear my mind.