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Rebecca Combes Business tax
Head of Business tax Southampton

Rebecca Combes

Business tax

Areas of expertise

Corporation tax; research and development (R&D) tax relief; patent box; partnerships; not-for-profit.


Rebecca joined Evelyn Partners (formerly Smith & Williamson) in 2004 after managing the global tax affairs of WS Atkins plc. Previously, she worked as a chemical engineer before training as a chartered accountant with a Big Four firm.

She manages a wide portfolio of clients, including listed manufacturing companies, tech start-ups, professional partnerships and not-for-profit organisations. She enjoys the diversity this brings and the ability to add real value to her clients, with a particular focus on tech-related tax reliefs.

Notable achievements

  • Maximises clients’ financial benefits through R&D tax relief and patent box claims.
  • Acts as a trusted advisor ensuring efficient delivery of a wide range of services across the firm.
  • Assists high tech & start-ups maximise enterprise investment scheme (EIS) investor tax reliefs.
  • Helps not-for-profit clients manage their tax risk and strategy.

Professional qualifications/memberships

Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

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