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Corporation Tax Specialist

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5 May 2021

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Croydon, London, CR0 2WF : Stratford, London, E20 1EL

HMRC is the UK's tax, payments and customs authority, and we have a vital purpose: we collect the money that pays for public services and help families and individuals with targeted financial support.

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Large Business (LB) directorate within HMRC. The Corporation Tax Specialist (CTS) role involves working on high-profile risk assessment and compliance work on some of the UK's biggest multinational companies, as well as contributing to policy and helping develop new ways of identifying tax risks in advance and working with customers to avoid these.

LB is responsible for over 2,000 of the largest businesses that pay a significant proportion of the total business taxes and duties that HMRC collects. Each business has a Customer Compliance Manager (CCM) who is responsible for managing the overall relationship with the customer and all aspects of the customer's tax affairs. Within this structure, this role is customer facing with significant emphasis on customer compliance, working as a member of one or more teams.

In LB London we work on highly sophisticated, potentially sensitive tax affairs of major UK and international businesses across the financial sector, concentrating mainly on issues with large amounts of tax at risk or requiring a detailed understanding and application of theoretical principles of taxation legislation.

Activity is prioritised by a risk-based approach but also extends to relationship management, working with in-house tax teams as well as the Big 6 Accountancy firms; and requires an inherent understanding of the commercial approach LB take.

It is anticipated that there will be three roles available in Croydon, and two in Stratford.

Job description
You will have a key role in working with team members and colleagues to improve capability to achieve successful delivery of business performance as changes occur, playing a big part in our efforts to close the tax gap, ensuring vital public services are funded. What's more, you'll be recognised as a senior leader, with scope to help shape our strategic direction.

This is a highly specialised role where you will be encouraged to provide key technical input in the risk identification and risk working of LB customers.

You will also be encouraged to tackle wider portfolio roles, both technical and non-technical, and assist with capturing and sharing knowledge gained from technical reviews and enquiry work to help develop colleagues.

• Take the lead in interpreting data in conjunction with examining returns, accounts, computations and other documents to understand and identify potential risk.
• Working alongside CCMs, share and discuss risk with LB customers.
• Understand the commercial factors influencing a business's tax compliance and build customer focus into projects and compliance checks undertaken.
• Carry out quality compliance checks, establishing facts using an investigative approach and statutory powers, making timely use of information to maintain progress and reaching resolution with HMRC's published settlement strategy.
• Respond to customer queries including non-statutory clearance requests, sharing good practice and information as appropriate.
• Actively chip in to the improvement of compliance strategy and process working with the Regime Lead and Tax Professional Managers.
• Collaborate and engage with HRMC specialists and other agencies including preparing and communicating before Independent Tribunals where appropriate.
• Form and lead ad hoc teams set up to undertake specific projects.
• Assist, mentor, coach and develop trainees and colleagues within own team/work area.

Essential Criteria:

• Experience of working with businesses on their corporation tax affairs, along with suitable relevant qualifications (listed below).
• Practical insight into how large businesses identify and address commercial and tax risks when preparing their accounts and tax computations.
• Suitable relevant qualifications or experience operating at a senior level in a Corporation Tax compliance environment.
• Proven leadership in a technical environment and play a key role in developing others.

You should hold one of the following qualifications:

• Chartered Institute of Tax (CTA) or Advanced Diploma in International Tax (ADIT);
• HMRC's TSP or predecessor qualification (TPDP, ITS2, CPT, FT2);
• Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies membership qualification (such as ICAEW, ICAS, CAI, ACCA, CIPFA, CIMA) or overseas equivalent;
• Postgraduate legal qualification.

What benefits we will offer you:

Learning and development tailored to your role

An environment with flexible working options

A working environment which encourages inclusion and diversity

A Civil Service pension, you'll join a scheme as soon as you start

Generous annual leave, on top of bank holiday leave and you'll also enjoy an extra day off to mark the Queen's birthday

You'll benefit from generous paid maternity and adoption leave


At HMRC, we are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable adjustments to participate in the job application or interview process
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