Covertax is one of the UK’s leading independent tax consultancies

Covertax is a leading independent tax consultancy. As Chartered Tax Advisers, we deliver high quality solutions across a wide range of tax issues. We advise on most areas of UK taxation and offer international tax advice through our partnership in VAT Forum, a pan-European partnership of tax advisers and our membership of the International VAT Association.  We act as UK VAT Agent for many overseas companies and public sector bodies, and offer related company secretarial and accounting advice.

The business is headed by Steve Botham and Richard Yates. Steve is a leading VAT and Indirect Taxes expert, and also advises on the Construction Industry Scheme, PAYE and NIC, whilst Richard specialises in Personal Tax, Corporation Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax.  Covertax has extensive experience in handling appeals from Internal Review through Alternative Dispute Resolution and into the Tax Tribunal.  We are all involved in tax investigation support. The Covertax team has the necessary blend of expertise from both professional and HMRC backgrounds, to offer all-round experience.

We work for clients directly, via their regular professional adviser or through their professional fee insurer.

Steve Botham


Chartered Tax Adviser

Steve is a Chartered Tax Adviser and AAT Licensed Accountant.  He began his career in 1975 as a VAT Officer with HM Customs and Excise and then moved into the accounting profession, working at senior level international firms of accountants, before forming Covertax in 2003.

Steve advises on all aspects of UK and international VAT  – he is also a member of the Institute of Export, a partner in VAT Forum and a member of the International VAT Association.  He acts as UK VAT Agent for many overseas companies and Government bodies for whom he provides compliance services, including managing VAT audits, as well as providing consultancy advice of cross border transactions.

He sits on the Fraud Forum as a representative of one of the professional bodies.

Richard Yates


Chartered Tax Adviser

Richard Yates is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser specialising in direct taxation advice in the United Kingdom. He has worked in the accountancy profession since 1981.

Richard uses his experience and skills to carry out our forensic accounting work, both on tax investigations and other expert witness work. He also leads our direct taxation offering bringing with it fresh expertise in IHT and Trust work.

He is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying in 1985. He qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in 1987. He recently passed the ICAEW Probate and Estate Administration course and assessment.

Nina Basra

Chartered Tax Adviser

Nina is a Chartered Tax Adviser who has specialised in VAT for her entire career.  Nina joined the profession straight from University and trained at a Big 4 firm where she qualified and developed professionally.  After ten years Nina took a maternity break before returning to the profession.

Nina has a wide range of VAT expertise and also has extensive experience of VAT appeal and litigation work.  She enjoys providing high quality advice and persevering, often against the odds with HMRC, to get the best outcomes for her clients.