Tax Owl Limited is a Tax Advisory, Trust and Asset Protection Services firm founded by Stephen Diedericks.
Stephen’s journey to accounting starts from his humble roots in Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained a scholarship from a South African company to study accounting. He relocated to Australia to complete his accounting studies (later relocating to New Zealand – yes, he followed a girl, his wife). While studying, he developed a passion for taxation. When Stephen started working full time, he also studied law, which complemented his work in tax. His accounting and law qualifications, as well as his practical experience, have helped him reach such a high level of tax knowledge and understanding.
Originally from Palmerston North, Ruth moved to Havelock North with her parents in 1980. After finishing High School, she worked for a local Law firm in Hastings, moving on after a couple of years to the Banking and Finance industries.
Moving overseas in 1992, Ruth and her husband spent time working with various not-for-profit organizations and were instrumental in obtaining relief aid for the victims of Hurricane Andrew. Upon returning to New Zealand, Ruth home-schooled their three sons, while assisting her husband with his media business, managing the accounts. During this time, she also began working in a Customer Service roll for a local business, moving onto a Compliance Manager position, encompassing Food and Safety, and Health & Safety. Ruth enjoys taking her dog for walks, theatre, Israeli Folk dancing, and delving into a good book. Her passion for the English language also means assisting others (including small children) to learn to read and teaching English as a second language, helping people gain fluency and understanding.
Alison comes from a family of entrepreneurs having owned businesses in several different fields. Alison is based in Auckland and her experience spans over 30 years assisting hundreds of businesses over many industries, including a current role as a Chief Financial Officer (‘CFO’) for the Head Office of an international franchise business, with branches in 16 hubs around the world.
Alison’s experience covers the latest trends in accounting software, having been a Certified partner for Infusion Accounting Software, a Xero Silver Partner, and an Accredo Partner for many years.
Alison’s experience lies in all financial compliance obligations and data analysis, as well as bookkeeping and payroll, including the application of various digital platforms to assist businesses.
Stephen has more than 20 years of tax experience both in New Zealand and overseas. He has worked for government tax departments, conducting tax investigations, tax audits and tax debt collection. While he’s a qualified CPA and practices as an accountant, he has been admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Solicitor by the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Australia. Stephen brings his CPA experience and knowledge of the law to your matters to provide workable solutions for you.
During his 20+ years dealing with all aspects of tax, Stephen has learned a thing or two. His local and international clients appreciate the time and money saving strategies he’s developed for them.
Stephen has a passion for helping individuals and businesses develop and protect their hard-earned assets. At Tax Owl, you’re not just a number to us. We’re not one of those accountants who make you feel like you’re just another client on their books. We actually take the time to sit down with you to find out what you really need.