About Taxlab

We’re Here To Make Tax Less Taxing

Allen Knight and Karl Farrand founded Taxlab in 2009, having previously led Deloitte New Zealand’s tax technology team. We started with a simple mission: to use technology to take the pain, risk and cost out of tax administration. With over 20 years combined tax software experience, we knew that kiwi businesses deserved a product that put their needs first. Today, we partner with clients to improve our software directly from their own user requests and feedback. And our experience means we deliver tax software that genuinely gets results.

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Taxlab is founder led by industry experts who have worked within the accountancy profession for considerable time. Our leadership ensure the organisation is product focused and avaliable for customers to talk directly to. We’re experienced, agile, local, and passionate about what we do – a product-focused company that is proud to employ experts who care deeply about solving customer problems. Talk to our team today to discover the difference.

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Allen Knight | CEO and Founder, BCA, DipACCY
Allen is a visionary tax software designer with a unique skillset. He works closely with Taxlab’s customers, leads tax product design and runs the business. Allen has worked in tax since 1998 including as Head of Tax Technology for Deloitte. He has practiced as a corporate tax advisor for Deloitte in New Zealand and in the UK and has managed in-house compliance for Corbis and Expedia’s European operations.

Karl Farrand, Technology Director

Karl Farrand | CTO and Founder, BCom
Karl has been delivering tax software for large corporates and accounting firms since 2001. He focuses on customer support, cloud-based technology strategy, and maintaining system security and architecture. Karl’s technology skills are combined with years of exposure to complex tax concepts. Karl was previously an Associate Director at Deloitte and has worked for EY, BAA and Bellsouth.

Rita Lee | Product Director, LLC, BCom, CA
Rita is a specialist in transforming accounting firms and tax functions through process simplification and technology. She has worked in tax technology since 2006 with with PWC and the Thomson Reuters’ Tax and Accounting team. Rita leads product strategy for firms and partners.

Christel Townley | Product Owner, BCom, CA
Christel is a Chartered Accountant with over eight years within Big Four sharing her tax expertise in a wide range of tax types with a diverse client portfolio. She has previously worked for both Deloitte and MYOB and is now leveraging that knowledge to take the hassle out of tax compliance for users.

Darrel Schreyer | Head of Engineering
Darrel has been developing commercial software since 1995. He is a widely recognised development leader with deep technical depth in the Microsoft technology stack and spent 3 years as a development leader at Xero. Darrel is an expert in finding out what makes a business proposition unique and hw to build efficient development around it.

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Sunny Gomasa | Software Team Leader, ME, BE
Sunny has developed corporate web applications professionally since 2010. He leads Taxlab’s agile development program and specialises in user interface strategy and development. Before Taxlab, Sunny worked for Datacom and he holds a Masters Degree in Computer Engineering from Massey University.

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Jeremy Dobbie | Business Development Manager, LLB, BCom
Attentive to the needs of accountants working in practice or in house, Jeremy has been bringing technology solutions to businesses since 2012. He sees tax technology as a primary enabler to reduce risks, drive efficiencies and empower teams in a more digital and transparent world. Having worked at PwC, EY and Thomson Reuters, Jeremy has consulted and advised multinational corporations, accounting firms and local enterprises across the globe.


Our advisory board are some of the most respected specialists in their respective fields. Their experience, advice and mentoring provides the right environment for robust management of the business and robust delivery of modern cloud based tax software.

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Robin Oliver, MNZM, MA
Robin is a former Deputy Commissioner of Inland Revenue who has been described as ‘one of the most fearsome tax minds in the country’. His service to our nation saw him recognised as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2009. Robin is a shareholder in Taxlab and co-founder of OliverShaw, a specialist tax firm.

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Mike Shaw, CA
Mike is a former Senior Tax Partner at Deloitte, where he specialised in strategic tax advice and tax policy. He’s been a primary advisor to the Corporate Taxpayer Group and a member of the government’s Tax Working Group. Mike is a shareholder in Taxlab and co-founder of OliverShaw, specialist tax firm.

Colin McEown, BEng
Colin is an experienced CEO and CTO involved in the development and commercialisation of successful SaaS products since 2003. As a co-founder of MySite, Colin led the development of Consultation Manager, Australia’s most successful Stakeholder Engagement platform. Colin is currently CEO of AssetAccountant, a SaaS platform used by top tier accounting firms and corporates in Australia and New Zealand.

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