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.
World class management team
We’re experienced, agile, local, and passionate about what we do – a product-focused company that is proud to be locally owned and operated.
Allen Knight | Managing Director 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.
Mike Roberts | Managing Director, Australia | MA
Mike is an industry heavyweight. He was Managing Director for Thomson Reuters’ Tax & Accounting EMEA software division for five years and has worked exclusively in tax technology since 1999 (the rest of his career within Big Four accounting firms at the heart of their tax technology strategies). Mike has two years direct experience in the Australian market, knows how our clients and competitors operate and brings serious commercial skills to the business.
Karl Farrand | Technology Director 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 | BCom, LLB
Rita is a specialist in transforming accounting firms and tax functions through process simplification and technology. Rita has worked in tax and tax technology since 2006, previously with PWC and as part of Thomson Reuters’ Tax and Accounting team. Rita leads our product strategy for accounting firms and integration partners.
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.
David Kyle | Software Team Leader
David is an expert in managing agile software delivery and has managed enterprise application software since 2000. He is a full stack engineer and leads our development and testing processes and procedures. David has previously worked with Accordo, Debitsuccess and Atlantis Healthcare.
Heavyweight advisory board.
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.
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.
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.
Karen is a senior advisor on strategy, marketing and business development for professional services and B2B companies. She has held leadership positions with both Deloitte and PwC in New Zealand as well as Chief Marketing Officer for Shine Lawyers in Australia. Her career also spans 12 years in the UK working on the International Bond Markets across Europe.
Joe Newton | BCA
Joe is a Solution Specialist with Microsoft and was previously Practice Principal of Enterprise Applications for Intergen and a consultant for ThoughtWorks. An experienced enterprise software architect and engineer, Joe has mentored agile delivery practices for numerous corporates including BP, Barclays Global Investors, NAB and ASB.
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