TOMMY Walsh may have put his Kerry jersey away but the head of taxation at CDS Law & Tax LLP is playing a more central role for his firm after being elected to the Council of the Irish Tax Institute.
The All-Ireland senior football winner will serve on the council which oversees the strategic governance of the leading representative body for Ireland’s chartered tax advisors.
Tommy, who operates from the CDS Law & Tax Office in his native Tralee, remarked: “It’s great for the firm to have some representation on the council in County Kerry. My involvement will provide me with an opportunity to be involved in the strategic direction and governance of the institute and provide a forum for local lawyers, accountants and tax professionals to make representations through me”.
He added: “Through my involvement on various committees, the make-up of which will be determined in the coming weeks, I expect to work closely with other council members by discussing matters that we’re seeing and experiencing within the industry”.
Since joining CDS Law & Tax in 2018, Tommy has provided a range of tax compliance and consultancy services to both private and corporate clients in Kerry, Cork and nationwide.
Tommy is an AITI chartered tax advisor and his undergraduate qualification is in construction and management which he has used as a grounding to develop his tax career. When playing professional football in Australia, he strengthened his knowledge by gaining further university qualifications in commerce.
He announced his retirement from the Kerry squad last month and he said he is looking forward to developing the potential for CDS Law & Tax to deliver a quality service to businesses in the Kerry/Cork region.
“By retiring from inter-county football, it obviously gives me a bit more time from week to week. We’ve recently opened a CDS Law & Tax office in Denny Street, Tralee and I will have more time to drive that,” he said.
“I decided to retire from inter-county football because of age predominantly. Unfortunately, your body starts to creak a bit when you go past 30 but I have had a very enjoyable career. I was in and out of the Kerry scene obviously and I enjoyed my stints in there. There were many highs and lows but I just felt that it was my time.”