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.
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.
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 | 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.
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.
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.
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 specialising in turning business ideas and concepts turned into world class software. He is a widely recognised development leader with expertise and technical depth in the Microsoft development technology stack. Darrel’s recent experience includes 3 years as a development leader at Xero. Darrel specialises in writing code, helping others write code, designing and writing frameworks, finding out what makes a business unique and automating processes with software services and applications.
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.
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.
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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