29 April 2021
From tap to tax - Trina turned down the performing arts to pursue a career in accountancy and tax and has been in the business ever since, working in the UK and Guernsey. When she's not nose deep in a book, a devoted mum of two girls, you will find Trina on the side lines of her daughter's cheerleading squad or jetting off to the UK to go to the theatre and to visit her youngest daughter at theatre school.
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and your interests.
A: I am a bookworm and enjoy a variety of genres – you will find me reading anything from romantic novels by Lesley Pearse or Annie Murray to Crime fiction by Karin Slaughter. I also enjoy a good thriller by Lee Child or David Baldacci, and I have all the Colin Forbes novels too.
I also love all things theatre and I used to dance tap, modern theatre, and ballet many years ago – I even had the opportunity to attend theatre school but chose accountancy instead as I thought there was more money to be made. However, I did not bank on having two girls who also share my passion for all things theatre, which has turned out to be quite expensive with one of my daughters attending theatre school at present.
Q: How would you describe your role?
A: I mainly work with large corporate groups operating in Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and UK but also deal with other companies and individuals both in Guernsey and the UK.
Q: What do you enjoy about your profession?
A: Within my role, I have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients - no two clients are the same and this means that my job is always interesting and diverse. I also really enjoy mentoring other team members, and working to assist them to learn and grow in the department.
Q: What do people need to be thinking about now/ at this time of year in terms of tax?
A: Groups should be thinking about planning, for example, identifying any loss-making entities and reviewing group relief available to maximise loss relief claims.
Individuals and single companies should be thinking about sending in information required for the completion of returns early to avoid a panic at the filing deadline.
It is important for all clients to be aware of payments on accounts falling due for payment.
Q: What would be your top tip to somebody who is looking to get their taxes in order?
A: Keep good records and keep them up to date, it makes the completion of returns much easier.