GAVIN BACON
Owner

I wanted to give new and existing clients an opportunity to get to know a little more about me and the history of PATC. If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact PATC via our online contact form.

I passed my final exams in 1990 and then went on to pursue my “military training” via the South African Revenue Services in Durban. During my most informative years at SARS, whilst wanting to start my own business, I kept an eye open for prospective clients. I eventually found one client and that soon became two, then three and so forth.

Towards the end of my two years at SARS, I resigned and accepted a fulltime position with a company selling timeshare, as their Accountant. During this time, I continued to source clients in need of an Accountant (including Bookkeeping) and or Specialist Tax Advice. However, I did not find my move to full time employment very challenging, so quickly changed things up and got a job as the Financial Accountant for the Wakefield’s Group of Estate Agents based throughout KwaZulu-Natal.

With my dream of running my own practice not yet fulfilled, I continued to do as much work in my spare time as possible. This endeavour built up a tidy sum of clients and when it reached approximately 25 clients, I decided to resign from Wakefield’s to pursue my dream…

My first office was based at our home in our converted garage and meetings with clients took place in my living room! Our company name at the time was Action Accountants. Once I had built a good client base and knew I was meeting the needs of my clients, I began to charge very competitive fees. In the first two years, my wife and I had managed to build the business up to over 100 clients and employed 5 staff members to assist us with these clients. The next step was buying a new home which separated the house from which the Accounting firm.

The business continued to grow from strength to strength. Client numbers grew and so did the number of staff (Meet the rest of my team). We quickly outgrew the residential premises, which was no longer ideal for a busy Accounting firm, so my team and I moved the business to Old Main Road in Pinetown.

Many years later and today, we have a new name – Professional Accountants and Tax Consultants (or PATC for short).  We had premises in Pinetown and with the COVID-19 pandemic we made a decision to work remotely.  If our clients need physical meetings then we can be found at 34 Hillside Road, Cowies Hill (Durban, South Africa). We currently have over 2500 very happy clients and over 31 years’ experience in the industry.

My humble beginnings in the 80’s have led PATC into the Millennium with more success than I could ever have imagined. I continue to market, promote, further my studies and partner with other companies and staff to be able to continue providing excellent service at very affordable rates.

1. What is your position at PATC?
Owner
2. What are your qualifications?
  • B Tech (Tax) (Degree)
  • Professional Accountant.
  • Annual Financial Statement Reviewer.
  • Commercial Member of the Tax Court of South Africa
  • Master Tax Practitioner
3. What led you to this career path?
  • A flair for mathematics
  • A dream to run and mange my own business
  • A yearning to help others, solve complex Accounting, Bookkeeping and All Tax problems
4. What are the top 3 skills that you rely on the most to be successful in your career?
  • Communication, including fast accurate turnaround times
  • Openness
  • Honesty
5. What did you dream of becoming when you were a child?
A Truck Driver. I used to ogle at the TV and watch many American Trucking movies and the massive beautiful machines made be dream of driving one
6. How do you typically spend your leisure time?
I have a motorbike and a keyboard (Piano). I adore the motorbike the most. I also collect cars and enjoy displaying them
7.What are three things you cannot live without?
  • My Daughters
  • Technology
  • My Family
8. What are you most thankful for in life?
My health
9. What do you think is the first thing people notice about you?
That I look younger than what my years of experience in the field of Accounting and Tax might indicate.
10. How would you sum yourself up in three words?
  • Success
  • Drive
  • Ambition