Who We Are

Cost Effective

Accounting and Taxation Centre has been providing local businesses with accounting and taxation services for more than 20 years. We also have a large client base scattered over other parts of New Zealand (and Overseas) that choose to take advantage of our services. As you will see from our testimonials, this is because we build relationships with our clients, have friendly staff and are interested in finding tailored solutions for your business needs. We make sure we provide an excellent service at an affordable price.

Progressive Growth

We know what is required for a small business to grow. Our company has grown significantly in size since Richard and Rebekah took over the company in 2000. At that time, we had just three staff (including Richard and Rebekah Abel). Now we have a full office of 17 staff. Our growth has occurred organically by way of referrals from satisfied Clients and other business professionals including Bank Managers and Solicitors. Please take a moment to read what they some of them have to say below.
We also pride ourselves on being able to give advice on a range of accounting systems or software. (both online and desktop) Some Accounting Firms only provide their clients with One Solution, we like to give our clients a Range of Solutions to ensure that your business has a customised solution for your business needs.

Continuity Of Staff

Continuity of staff is one of the great strengths of our business and clients enjoy and benefit from dealing with the same staff each year. Because our staff really know and understand your business, we are able to provide streamlined services for a great price. You will see from the details below about our excellent staff, we have experienced team members ready to assist your business.

Accounting and Taxation Centre offers a free introductory interview with Richard Abel our Managing Director. Take the opportunity to meet with him and see how we can help you!

What our clients say

Trust is earned

Orange Dog Limited (Winner of the Nelson Chamber of Commerce Supreme Business Award 2018)

Jason Monopoli

He climbs the local trails like a Billy Goat (but smells much better), but it's not just his drive to get to the top that makes Richard the go-to if you want to get the best out of your numbers stuff, it’s also because he actually cares about our business, knows his stuff and talks in plain English (sometimes he even draws pictures).
Richard and the team have been taking very good care of our Business for 15 years and because he's such a nice guy and has managed to surround himself with an equally awesome team, we plan to be here in another 15 years!

JAE Nelson

Andrew Smith

JAE Nelson wholeheartedly reccommends the services of ATC to one and all. The relationship between us extends about 20 years now and during that time there have been so many changes in business matters. Through robust discussion and sound advice we have found Richard and his team have helped us to navigate through these times and improve our business, for ourselves, our employees and customers. ATC have helped us individually and collectively, many of our employees are also clients of ATC and find great benefits because of this relationship. They are approachable, reasonable and professional. They show care and concern for their single or family clients as much as they do for the corporate ones. Highly recommend to any readers, get in touch with ATC, you will not be disappointed.

ALLSPEC and Osprey Boats

Malcolm and Tracey Coffey

Richard, he’s the type of guy who drops by just to see how you’re going. He is genuinely interested in your business and helping you get to wherever you might be wanting to take it. The team can offer you anything from your normal accounting services to business plans. We trust Richard to give us good solid business advice no matter what situation we might find ourselves in. They are not just your average accountants plugging in the numbers, these guys go the extra mile and are an absolute pleasure to deal with. We have been with Richard for many years, and we wouldn’t go anywhere else!

Garden Builders Limited

Maurice and Andrea Fitzgibbon

We have used ATC for a number of years now and have always found them to be friendly, approachable and professional. They make starting a new business trouble free and provide much more advice than just numbers and figures. Their comprehensive knowledge of everything regarding business, accounting and taxation has meant that we can focus on what we do well. The team at ATC are fantastic!.

We recommend ATC without hesitation

BD Developments Limited

Brett and Debra Robinson

Richard and the team at Accounting and Taxation Centre Limited, have been my helping me with tax and accounting issues for more than 10 years. During all that time, tax compliance, tax planning, financing and budgeting have been no problem. Richard has made sure that we have had systems in place to be able to monitor our company’s performance and compliance issues. We have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone!! If you are currently shocked at what you accountant is charging you for basic tax compliance work then give Richard a call, he will be able to save you a small fortune!

studio8 Architecture Limited

Janine Mitchell

I have been using Accounting and Taxation as our accountants and financial advisors since 2000. I have always been very happy with the prompt, efficient service and the good, sound advice on all family and business finances, and all for such a reasonable cost! Our business affairs have transitioned through many different stages from small scale individual tax arrangements, through to a more complex mixture of personal PAYE, contract, business, rental and trust involvements.
Richard and his team have always handled each of these areas with the same thorough professionalism. Even though we now reside in a different part of New Zealand, we continue to employ the Accounting and Taxation team as our family and business accountants. I have recommended several friends to this accountancy practice, and will continue to do so.

Bryant Allsorts Co.

Kim Swan

Accounting and Taxation Centre is exactly what we want - no mess, no fuss (unless you need a fuss sorted, in which case Richard will calm the troubled waters AND your furrowed brow!).

Chartwood Orchard

Mark Jenner

Accounting and Taxation Centre provides a great professional and friendly service. I like that I can pick up the phone and Accounting and Taxation Centre takes care of the problem and deals with it in a way that fits my needs. It is comforting to know that I can hand over all the paperwork and forget about it! Good value for services received too.

Annette Milligan


I have been a client of Accounting and Taxation Cetnre, almost from the beginning. I'm still a client because they’re a great team! They always get back to us promptly when we’ve got questions, nothing is ever too much trouble, they save us time by calling in on us, they’re timely with getting our annual returns ready, they laugh when we foul-up and are running in with last minute details, they make sure that our software is up-to-date and they give tutorials when upgrades come down the line. All with good humour. They are professional, easy to work with, and I’m almost too anxious to say this – their charges are very reasonable. They rock!

Meet our team

Richard Abel

Managing Director

Richard Abel has worked in the Accounting/Taxation/Business industry since graduating from Nelson Polytechnic (now called NMIT) in 1998. His training was assisted by working for one the largest Accounting Firms in Nelson. Now with almost two decades in his own successful business, Richard is ready to help you. Richard’s resume also includes teaching NZ Business Degree papers including Taxation and other Accounting subjects. Richard is currently a member (and on the Board) of the Accountants and Tax Agents Institute of New Zealand, The New Zealand Institute of Directors and the New Zealand Trustees Association.
For clients that live in Nelson, you might see Richard either running, biking or riding his E-board along the railway reserve (sometimes chasing his kids).

Darren McDonald

Tax Specialist/Team Leader

Darren started his career in accounting and business services on the West Coast in 1988 and along with time working for accounting firms in Nelson has developed extensive experience in taxation, audit and business development services for both commercial and primary sector clients.
His primary focus for Accounting and Taxation Centre Ltd is providing business development services for our growth clients. Darren provides clients with the tools and knowledge they need to make informed decisions. This sometimes includes the preparation of management accounts, which ensures up to date accurate financial information. Every business is unique and therefore Darren tailors the accounting needs and requirements for each client.
Darren is a huge motor racing fan, so feel free to debate with him what is better - Ford or Holden.

Kathryn Dowdle

Associate Tax and Business Advisor

Kathryn joined Accounting & Taxation Centre Ltd in May 2012 after moving to the Nelson region from Wellington in December 2011. Her previous experience includes 20+ years of preparing financial statements for a NZ supermarket chain and accounting consultant for related industry clients.
Here at Accounting and Taxation Centre Ltd, Kathryn is a certified Xero advisor and is also trained to use MYOB Essentials, to provide assistance to clients on these cloud based products.
Kathryn also prepares cashflow forecasts for clients needing extra financial assistance as well as GST returns, PAYE Filing, Annual Accounts and Tax Return preparation. Kathryn is very approachable and as a result has also become our internal IT support person!

Linda Feary

Team Member

Linda is the longest serving employee of Accounting and Taxation Centre Ltd. Linda starting here in 2003 after spending many years working for accounting firms or in accounting roles at legal firms. As a result of this experience Linda is able to provide valuable services to our clients who have Estates or Trusts, which includes the administration and end of year financial requirements.
In addition to this, Linda is involved in the preparation of financial accounts and taxation returns for a range of clients including those involved in Horticulture, Agriculture and Forestry. Linda is a firm believer in the importance of seeking accounting and legal advice before engaging in a business activity.
Linda is also the office marine and plant expert, ensuring that our fish and plants are well cared for.

Ally Preller

Team Member

Ally originally joined us in 2008 as Office Manager however after a short break away she returned in 2015 as an Accounting Technician. Ally assists with the preparation of rental statements, GST returns, tax returns and also has the responsibility of tax management.
Ally has been involved in numerous businesses and therefore has the ability to truly understand the requirements of small businesses. Ally also provides entertainment for the office as she has the best “water cooler stories”. She is also the brightest staff member, often seen in bright pink.

Annette Ireland

Team Member

Annette previously worked for accounting firms in Southland before moving to Nelson in 2012 with her husband for a change of lifestyle having their own courier and post run. Annette continued with bookkeeping administration as well as GST returns and payroll. She decided accounting was what she wanted to continue with and joined the team at ATC in 2018. Annette is involved in the preparation of GST returns, financial accounts and taxation returns for a range of clients.
Annette likes collecting for good causes such as the Blind Foundation, Child Cancer and enjoys the fishing opportunities in the bay. Annette also brings with her that special Southland twang.

Shane Dodd

Team Member

In April 2019 Shane joined our growing team. Shane has experience in bookkeeping administration and the preparation of wages and GST returns. With the Accounting Industry constantly facing technology changes Shane brings valuable IT skills to ensure that our firm keeps up with the changing landscapes. Shane is working part-time for us and the rest of the week he devotes to volunteer work. When Shane is not spending time working, volunteering or looking after his young family, you might see him climbing the hills around Nelson on his hardtail mountain bike.

Soumya Roopesh

Team Member

Soumya has lived in Nelson with her husband and two children for a number of years. She studied for her Bachelor of Commerce while living in Mumbai, India and then completed her Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting at NMIT. Soumya is a valuable member of the team and loves assisting our SME clients in making sure they are tax compliant. Soumya is always friendly and smiling and we enjoy her being part of our growing team.

Amie Stirling

Business Development Manager

Amie joined ATC in 2021 and is leading our Business Development team. Amie has been working in accounting practices for many years and also brings with her knowledge and experience as a business owner. Amie looks forward to working with you to develop your business with either business planning, cashflow forecasting, succession planning or other specialist business requirements.

Rebekah Abel

Practice Manager

Rebekah is a founding partner of the firm. Originally working full-time as the Office Manager when there were only 3 staff in total (in 2000) Rebekah eventually starting work part-time from home while raising 3 children. Rebekah works in trust administration as well as wages and employment law. When she is not working or looking after her family, Rebekah is often found using her creative skills in the kitchen preparing new and wonderful dishes. Richard obviously has enjoyed these.... too much. Rebekah now works part-time as our Practice Manager.

Carly Stonier

Client Services Manager

Carly has worked for Accounting and Taxation Centre Ltd since 2009. As our on-boarding specialist, Carly provides clients with a friendly and warm introduction to ATC. In addition to client services, she also has many other responsibilities including assisting with tax management, tax payments, Companies Office requirements and other administration tasks.
Carly also assists several clients with the preparation of wages and payroll monthly reporting. Carly also assists with our workflow management system.

Julia McNair

Client Services

Julia is our Receptionist sharing that role with Allison. Her roles include client services, tax management, company administration, debtor management and other administrative tasks. Julia is always willing to go the extra mile for clients, and our clients appreciate her welcoming them into our office.
When Julia is not too busy looking after our clients, the office staff get the benefits of her caring nature especially around morning and afternoon tea time which often includes her home baking.

Allison Grant

Client Services

Alison is our newest member of the Client Services team. Alison always welcomes clients with a friendly smile and is always keen to assist staff and clients of ATC. Alison shares her position with Julia and together they assist with making sure that our clients experience with ATC is a pleasant one. Alison looks forward to welcoming you to ATC.

Registered Atainz Accountant

Atainz Accountants + Tax Agents Institute of New Zealand


Our Accounting Practice is proudly part of ATAINZ – The Accountants and Tax Agents Institute of New Zealand.

The Accountants and Tax Agents Institute of New Zealand (ATAINZ) exists to promote the welfare and professional development of its members and to represent members’ interests in New Zealand. It is unique in the New Zealand tax and accounting market because of its grassroots contact with members.

IRD Approved

The following three organisations have received approved advisor group status to date:

  • The Accountants and Tax Agents Institute of New Zealand
  • Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand
  • CPA Australia/New Zealand

What is an approved advisor group?

An “approved advisor group” is defined in section 20B(5) as a group that includes natural persons who meet all of the following requirements. They:

  • have a significant function of giving advice on the operation and effect of tax laws
  • are subject to a professional code of conduct in giving that advice.
  • are subject to a disciplinary process that enforces compliance with the code of conduct

The group must be approved by the Commissioner before a tax advisor who is subject to an approved advisor group’s code of conduct and disciplinary procedures can claim the right of non-disclosure on behalf of a taxpayer. The Commissioner will exercise his power of approval at a high level of delegated authority having regard to the statutory requirements and such other relevant considerations as may be applicable.

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13 - 17 Putaitai Street,

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