Meet the untied team! This week we talk to Jonathan Yeomans, Head of Tax, about what he does, what it’s like working at untied and what his first job was…
What you do and how does this help users?
My job is to oversee the accuracy of the tax data on our platform and manage the tax support for our users, which includes accountants signed up via our adviser portal.
How long have you been at untied?
I’m now in my eighth month at untied.
What made you want to work in a start up?
I was involved with the introduction of online self-assessment in my previous career at HMRC. Making Tax Digital (MTD) will dwarf this in terms of its impact on UK taxpayers, and I wanted the opportunity to help shape this direction of travel with an ambitious and imaginative start up.
What attracted you to untied?
There are currently only a handful of software providers recognised by HMRC for MTD for Income Tax. In my opinion, untied was the most innovative and best-placed to take advantage of the enormous opportunities that MTD will provide over the next decade. So that, and the fact it had the most amazing looking cocktails on its social media feed last Christmas!
What are your favourite things about working at untied?
We’ve got an amazing team. It’s a truly democratic workplace where the value of everyone’s input is recognised. Also, each week brings new challenges and I love the variety of work!
How do you think working at untied will help your career?
You have the opportunity to work across several different disciplines at untied. I’m passionate about lifelong learning and here I’m building skills and knowledge that aren’t just purely tax related.
What is it like working at untied compared to working in an established business?
It’s a fast paced and rapidly evolving business. untied recognises that just because something’s been done in a particular way in the past, it doesn’t mean that’s the right way. We’d like to revolutionise taxes overnight.
What was your first job?
I had a Saturday job working as an auction house porter in Cardiff city centre. This fuelled a lifelong interest in antiques.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
If money was no object, I’d love to have a go at organising my own music festival.
What is the last picture/photo you took?
It was of my dog Prince who was three years old a few days ago. We had a bit of a birthday party for him. He’s wearing a party hat and eating a sausage!