Originally from England, I moved to New Zealand in 1988. I completed all of my accounting studies in New Zealand and became a fully qualified Chartered Accountant in 1998.
In my spare time I like to spend time with my wife and two young children. I have a keen interest in endurance events such as marathons and triathlons. I completed in my first Ironman in March 2014 at Taupo and am carefully considering my next challenge!
I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience from the various places that I have worked at including the Inland Revenue Department, Ernst & Young and other smaller Chartered Accounting firms. This knowledge and experience is essential in carrying out my role as a Chartered Accountant.
During the time that I was employed as a Chartered Accountant, I have seen a common trend where clients are becoming more and more sensitive to fee increases. My belief is that a very good service can be provided where clients receive reliable advice and simple yet effective structures are put in place that best meets their needs. All this can be done with an agreed fixed fee and where clients are encouraged to keep in contact with their accountant without the fear of being charged a fee for raising a simple query.
I am thoroughly enjoying running my own Chartered Accountancy practice. Being directly involved in helping clients with their investments and businesses is very rewarding and satisfying.
Stephen Tan started his career in 2003 in a medium sized Chartered Accounting firm after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting) and Bachelor of Science (majoring in Computer Science). His experiences have come from both medium and small sized firms that are focused on property investors as well as compliance work for small to medium sized businesses.
Born & bred in Auckland, Stephen is also fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese (Hokkien). Stephen used to be heavily involved in the badminton scene in Auckland before sacrificing his involvement when he and his wife, Meg, had a daughter, Olivia. Now he trains for half marathons when he gets the chance and follows the results of most sports. When Stephen is not dedicating his time towards his work, he tries to spend as much time as he can with his young family and tries to maintain a work life balance.