Neil Owen is an independent consultant, speaker and occasional writer. He has specialised exclusively in VAT since 1984, when he joined HM Customs & Excise as a VAT officer. He entered professional practice in 1990, working for regional accountancy firms in the Thames Valley and Solent areas, before establishing his own VAT consultancy practice in 2007. He is a Fellow of the CIOT and of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants. He is a former editor of Tax Adviser and of the book, CCH VAT Planning, and was for a number of years National Secretary of the VAT Practitioners Group. Neil is an experienced and enthusiastic lecturer, with the unusual reputation for making VAT interesting.