About Us

Jim Smith - Non-Executive Chairman

Jim has some 25 years' experience in professional publishing, including at Tolley and LexisNexis, where he was on the board of the UK company.

He moved from Lexis to found Tottel Publishing, which specialised in tax and law, and which was sold to Bloomsbury Publishing in 2009. Since selling Tottel, Jim has become a shareholder in several publishing companies, and combines this with a range of business interests in other sectors.

He is also CEO of TaxationWeb, the UK's leading independent tax website, and Chairman of the Independent Publishers Guild.


Amer Siddiq - Managing Director

Tax Insider was founded by Amer Siddiq in 2006. Amer is an entrepreneur, experienced landlord, author (How to Avoid Landlord Taxes) and public speaker.

Although not a tax advisor (or accountant for that matter), Amer's passion for minimising taxes came about when he started to grow his own property portfolio. He wanted grow it in such a way so that he paid as little tax as possible (and legitimately).

He struggled to find the advice he was looking for so he teamed up with tax experts to bring about the website Property Tax Portal, a website dedicated to helping property investors and developers minimise their taxes. The huge success of this website lead to Amer naturally progressing into general taxation with Tax Insider.

Amer has since launched other internet businesses including Property Portfolio Software, a website that sells landlord software solutions. Prior to setting up his own internet businesses Amer was employed as a software designer and designed specialised, custom solutions for retail companies. He spent several years travelling the world, designing easy to use software and powerful solutions for some of the biggest retailers in the world.


Mark McLaughlin - Tax Content Director

Mark is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He is the Editor of Bloomsbury Professional's 'Core Tax Annuals' series, and a co-author of the 'Inheritance Tax Annual' from that series.

Mark is Editor of the 'Tax Planning Annual', and co-author of 'Ray & McLaughlin's Practical IHT Planning' (Bloomsbury Professional), and is also a contributor to other tax publications. He has written numerous articles for professional journals, including Taxation, Tax Adviser, Tolley's Practical Tax, Tax Journal and Simon's Weekly Tax Intelligence.

Mark is the co-founder of TaxationWeb, the UK's leading independent tax portal.

Since January 1998, Mark has been a consultant in his tax practice, Mark McLaughlin Associates, which provides tax consultancy and support services to professional firms throughout the UK.


Sheila Parrington - Editorial Director

Following her law degree, Sheila joined the tax editorial team at Butterworths, leading to her appointment as Deputy Editor of Simon's Taxes.

She was for 20 years the editor of Whillans's Tax Tables, and has contributed to several leading tax titles, as well as writing on a variety of tax-related subjects, ranging from Finance Act annotations on behalf of the CIOT to double taxation relief for shipping.

After several years at Butterworths, she left to set up her own freelance editorial business, and over the years has undertaken projects for most of the UK's law and tax publishers. Sheila was one of the original investors in Tottel Publishing and remained involved with the business until its sale to Bloomsbury.

Since January 1998, Mark has been a consultant in his tax practice, Mark McLaughlin Associates, which provides tax consultancy and support services to professional firms throughout the UK.


A Tribute to James Bailey 

It is with deep sadness we announce that James Bailey passed away suddenly over the August 2015 Bank Holiday weekend.

James had written for every single issue of Tax Insider since it was founded in 2006.

James was an exceptionally talented tax author. He had the uncommon ability to make complicated tax legislation easy to comprehend, and even interesting! His informative insights into the tax world have doubtless helped countless taxpayers over the years.