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  • Chris Watts

    Associate Director

    Chris is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Trust and Estate Practitioner.

    “I enjoy meeting people and helping them through their problems to find a solution.”

    Chris joined ETC as an Associate Director in October 2020. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Trust and Estate Practitioner and has advised both private clients and fellow professionals on tax planning projects across a broad range of taxes. He has a keen interest in tax investigations, especially where clients require representation against allegations of fraudulent or criminal conduct.

    Life before ETC

    Chris previously worked at a top 20 independent practice since 1996, having joined as an apprentice in the tax department. He progressed through the ranks to join the tax consultancy team in 2010 developing a specialism in tax investigations during that time, and ultimately heading up the tax investigations team for the firm.

    He worked closely with the tax partners to develop and expand the tax consultancy side of the practice.

    Why a career in tax?

    I always enjoyed maths at school, so the original idea was to go into accountancy. I hadn’t considered just doing tax until the apprenticeship opportunity arose and I am glad I took it as I think it has given me far more variety in my working life.

    My best (and worst) bits

    I enjoy meeting people and helping them through their problems to find a solution. Working in tax enquiries has meant you need to look at the personal side of the job and not see it as purely a technical exercise, as the mental stress on the client is very high. This often builds a strong rapport with the client which is very rewarding to have.

    My weakness, if it is one, is I will try and take on too much myself. I am very hands on and like to be involved with my clients from start to finish as part of building up the trust and rapport.

    Three words to describe ETC

    In my previous role, I viewed them as direct competitors and that is the biggest compliment I can give them so am now delighted to be part of their team!

    Alternative career choice

    Train driver.