Former VAT and Customs Officer, Grant Atchison has joined Moore Stephens Yachting, part of the Moore Stephens Isle of Man group which includes management consultancy, assurance, trust and company administration and financial services. Moore Stephens Isle of Man has been active in the superyacht industry for over eighteen years, particularly in the provision of turnkey yachting and VAT solutions.
Grant brings 15 years’ experience with Isle of Man Customs and Excise service, where he specialised in VAT compliance concerning European trade in goods and services. He was also responsible for the identification and disruption of revenue threats presented to the Isle of Man through the use of Missing Trader Intra-Community VAT Fraud schemes.
“We are delighted to have someone with Grant’s background join us,” said Ayuk Ntuiabane, director-in-charge of Moore Stephens Yachting, “With the increased scrutiny being directed at VAT associated with superyachts and the structures set up to deal with them, Grant’s enforcement and compliance experience will be invaluable.”
For over 100 years, Moore Stephens has a long-standing reputation in the global shipping industry.
“With unprecedented activity in the superyacht sector, another experienced pair of hands will be welcome indeed, particularly someone with Grant’s depth of experience” said Moore Stephens’ managing director Clive Dixon.
Capitalising on that growth, Moore Stephens in the Isle of Man provides ownership and consultancy services for yachts and has developed a particular niche of providing sophisticated and robust operating and VAT solutions for these large, luxury vessels.
“I am very excited by the challenge,” said Atchison, “First to be in the private sector but, more importantly, to be able to use what I have learned in the Customs service in what, for me, is the fascinating superyacht industry.”
Moore Stephens Yachting provides services to yachts as well as service providers to the industry including builders, brokers and lawyers.