Jenny Tragner CA ATT (Fellow)

Director & Head of Policy

  • R&D tax incentive policy expert.
  • 20 years of tax experience, including advising some of the UK’s best-known innovators.
  • Provides advice on the most complex cases involving R&D tax reliefs, including the resolution of HMRC disputes.

Expertise & specialisms

  • UK corporate taxation and accountancy
  • R&D tax policy
  • Quality assurance and professional standards

Jenny is one of the UK’s leading R&D tax policy experts having specialised in the field since 2007. A highly skilled chartered accountant with almost 20 years of experience, she leads client-facing teams and helps us deliver high quality advice to clients and is a respected and influential voice within the industry.

Throughout her career, which includes over a decade spent with KPMG, Jenny has worked on R&D tax relief claims for some of the UK’s best-known innovators, ranging from big pharma companies to F1 teams and household FMCG brands.

Jenny has actively contributed to numerous groups involved in the operation of R&D tax reliefs, R&D tax policy and the future of the incentive. In her role as ForrestBrown’s Head of Policy, she has worked with the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), Nesta’s Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre and the Confederation of British Industry to inform responses to the government’s wide-ranging consultation on R&D tax reliefs and shape thinking on the future of the incentive.

She also helped to secure a significant victory for one of ForrestBrown’s clients in the first-tier tribunal, challenging HMRC’s interpretation of subsidised R&D expenditure.

Jenny is a regular author of technical articles, as well as contributing commentary on R&D tax in Tolley’s 2021 Finance Act Handbook and joining the judging panel for Tolley’s Taxation Awards 2022.

Passionate about raising professional standards for R&D tax advice, Jenny initiated a cross-industry working group that drafted the Professional Conduct in Relation to Tax (PCRT) guidance for R&D tax advice, led by the CIOT and the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT). This has been endorsed by all major UK accountancy and tax bodies and sets the standard for professionally qualified R&D tax advisers, which in turn ensures that UK businesses can access R&D tax relief with confidence. 

Jenny brings insight from these high-profile roles to benefit ForrestBrown’s clients, helping businesses maximise the benefit of their investment in innovation while minimising risks to cashflow and reputation.

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