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YOUR TEAM

 
I was very impressed by the way the review process was managed by the RSF team.
Their guidance, attention to detail, and experience in dealing with the ATO was critical.
The end result was the review was cleared successfully with no amendments.”
— Simon Duffield, CEO PropTech Startup

 

Part scientists, part tax consultants, with a dash of law and accounting

Key team members

Our team of advisors have specialist backgrounds including Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. We also engage senior advisors with experience working as the regulator, and specialist Tax, Law and Accounting professionals. Through this approach we are able to minimise internal business disruption, ensure claims are optimised, and minimise associated risks.

MANAGING DIRECTOR

TIM FLOREA

As the leader of the team, Tim has over a decade of experience in R&D Tax claims gained through working for a 'Big Four' consulting firm and having founded RSF Consulting. Combined with a Computer Science and Engineering background, he brings unparalleled expertise in the Information Communication and Technology sector R&D Tax claims, and has worked with some of the largest companies in the country. Highly experienced and successful in large scale AusIndustry and ATO reviews, he is passionate about helping companies appropriately access R&D Tax Incentive entitlements.

Tim is also actively involved in consultation with AusIndustry and the ATO regarding the R&D Incentive program, and a part of the State Reference Group.

STARTUP SPECIALIST AND OPERATIONS

TOM PISEL

Tom Pisel has broad experience with the day to day challenges faced by Australian startups at all stages of maturity. With a number of executive roles in high profile startups behind him, such as BugHerd, and Tramsurance, Tom also has mentored and consulted with several University Accelerators. Combining this breadth of experience with an education in engineering and mathematics, Tom brings significant technical expertise to the RSF team. Tom is passionate about helping Australia's most innovative companies succeed.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

CLEO DE LA HARPE

Cleo brings unparalleled experience in the R&D Tax scheme. Starting at the ATO (law/commerce background), she was responsible for drafting the original R&D Tax Concession legislation in 1985. Since then, she has worked at 'Big-Four' firms as a specialist in the R&D Tax scheme (tax law), including successfully defending some of the largest claims under audit, and advising on a myriad of complex R&D tax issues. She has over 32 years of experience.

 

ENGINEERING SPECIALIST

SAM HOWELL

With a Masters in Aerospace Engineering and having worked in a senior engineering capacity, Sam specialises in mechanical and aerospace engineering R&D claims. Working closely with clients and industry leaders, Sam has a firm understanding and practical knowledge of R&D Tax legislation. Sam has a unique and personal approach to manage clients and deliver results consistently.

ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE (PROGRESSING CA)

SAMEER JALEES

Sameer brings strong Australian startup ecosystem experience and accounting and finance technical expertise through his postgraduate CA. Passionate about technology and finance, he is also involved in running the Melbourne arm of Insurtech Australia, a national lobbyist movement for the Australian insurance industry.