About Us

Proactive Taxation Solutions was founded in 2006. Determined to offer a fresh approach to consulting and compliance taxation services, Steve Smith, a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ with more than 20 years of experience, established a tax consulting and compliance practice based on three core values: integrity, accountability and diligence. Steve has built a team of like-minded, talented tax specialists who are dedicated to providing the highest quality services to their clients.


Steve Smith CA – Director

Academic Qualifications: B.Bus – Curtin University of Technology
Professional Memberships: Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ .Steve has worked for KPMG Perth office and Ernst & Young. He joined a practice in Busselton in 1996 and took a full ownership position of that practice for 5 years. Steve started Proactive Taxation Solutions in August 2006.
Client Strengths:
International Taxation
High Net Wealth Individuals
Retail & Service Industry
Property Developers
Health (Medical Industry)


Paul Cuthbert CPA – Director

Academic Qualifications: B.Bus Double Major – Edith Cowan University
Professional Memberships: CPA Australia.
After graduating from Edith Cowan in 2006, Paul commenced with Proactive Taxation Solutions in January 2009.
Client Strengths:
Wine Industry
Mining Industry
Retail & Service Industry
Business Succession


Sean Cusack

Academic Qualifications: B.Comm & M Acc – Curtin University of Technology.





Professional Memberships: Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ

Whilst completing his studies at Curtin University, Sean was working with BDO in Perth in their tax division. Sean joined the Proactive Taxation Solutions team in 2020.

Client Strengths:
Company Taxation Issues
Fringe Benefits Tax
Indirect Taxes


Kendra Murray

Academic Qualifications: B.Bus Admin – University of Regina.





Professional Memberships: CPA Canada

Whilst in Canada, and Perth, Kendra worked for PwC and focused her career on international tax for individuals before joining Deloitte. Kendra joined the Proactive Taxation Solutions team in January 2023.

Client Strengths:
Small Business entities, International Taxation, Activity statements


Tom Cuthbert

Academic Qualifications: B.Comm double major – Murdoch University.





After completing his studies at Murdoch University,  Tom joined the Proactive Taxation Solutions team in 2012.

Client Strengths:
Small Business Entities, Building and Construction industry, Primary Production


Jessica Austin

Academic Qualifications: Currently completing B.Comm – Curtin University of Technology majoring in Accounting & Taxation. Jessica has joined the Proactive Taxation Solutions team from a Qld based accounting firm in 2020. Client Strengths:
Small Business Entities
Activity Statements


Leah O’Dea

Academic Qualifications: B.Comm – Curtin University of Technology
Leah commenced with Proactive Taxation Solutions in Sept 2010.
Client Strengths:
Activity Statements


Veronique Florec

Academic Qualifications:

B.Econ and Bus Admin – Universite Pierre Mendes France. B.Econ – University of Sussex. Master Econ – Universite Pantheon Sorbonne. PhD Economics – University of Western Australia. Currently completing Cert IV Accounting – Applied Education Australia



After a career as a research economist at UWA, Veronique decided to follow a new calling and become an accountant. Veronique joined the Proactive Taxation Solutions team in 2024.

Client Strengths:
Small Business Entities
Activity Statements




Diane Archer 

Academic Qualifications: Cert III Business, Cert III Financial ServicesDiane has over 12 years experience in public practice office administration. Diane joined our team in August 2021. Client Strengths:
Reception and Accounts Administration