HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is looking for a corporation tax specialist who can provide key technical input into the risk working and demand led requests of Large Business customers in the Insurance sector. Do you have the tax knowledge to fill this vital exciting role?
It’s a very exciting time to join HMRC!
HMRC is the UK’s tax, payments and customs authority. It is one of the largest government departments and one of the country’s largest organisations. Almost every individual and business in the UK is a direct customer of HMRC.
We have a vital purpose: to collect the money that pays for public services and help families and individuals with targeted financial support. We are effective, efficient and impartial. We collect more than £500 billion a year in revenue from over 50 million customers.
At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.
We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.
Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.
About Large Business
Large Business (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.
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 a deep understanding of the commercial approach LB take.
We have an exciting opportunity to join LB as a Life Insurance Corporation Tax Specialist (CTTS). This is a customer facing role, working on high-profile risk assessment and compliance work on the UK’s biggest insurers. Our Life Insurance CTTSs also work closely with our policy team contributing to policy design and helping develop new ways of identifying tax risks in advance.
This is a highly specialised role where you will work as a member of one or more teams, dealing with highly complex tax affairs of major UK and International businesses, concentrating mainly on issues with either substantial amounts of tax at risk or requiring a detailed understanding and application of theoretical principles of taxation legislation. This role will focus on the taxation of insurance companies and in particular Life Insurance companies.
You’ll be recognised as a senior leader, with scope to help shape our strategic direction and to help improve the capability of colleagues.
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.
Provide key technical input into the risk identification / working of Large Business customers in the Insurance sector where specific and complex tax legislation applies.
Understand the commercial factors influencing an Insurance company’s tax compliance and build customer focus into projects and compliance checks undertaken.
Respond to customer queries including non-statutory clearance requests, sharing good practice and information as appropriate.
Take the lead in examining Insurance Company returns, accounts, computations and other documents sharing and discussing appraised risk with the customer.
Carry out quality compliance checks, establishing facts, using an investigative approach minimising delays in progressing compliance checks through timely use of information received and the exercise of Formal Powers.
Not only will you provide leadership within the Insurance community, but you will play a key role in providing technical leadership for the regional CT community.
Liaise and co-ordinate with HMRC specialists and other stakeholders where appropriate.
Work closely with Customer Compliance Managers and Tax Professional Managers.
Become a member of or lead ad hoc teams set up for projects across the sector.
Assist and where appropriate mentor, coach and develop trainees and people within own team/work area.
You must hold one of the following tax professional qualifications:
•HMRC's Tax Specialist Programme or predecessor qualifications (TPDP, IDP, ITS2, CPT, FT2)
•Chartered Tax Adviser (with direct taxes options) or the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation
•Fully membership of one of the Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (ICAEW, ICAS, CAI, ACCA, CIPFA), provided that direct tax matters make up a substantial part of your professional experience.
•Qualification as a Solicitor, Barrister or CILEX Lawyer (including the Professional stage Business and Commercial Law module) in England and Wales (or equivalents in Scotland and Northern Ireland), provided that direct tax matters make up a substantial part of
your professional experience.
•Equivalent qualifications, to be considered on a case by case basis as evidence of completing formal training in direct taxation
Experience of working with businesses at a senior level in a Corporation Tax compliance environment.
Practical insight into how large businesses identify and address commercial and tax risks when preparing their accounts and tax computations.
Proven leadership in a technical environment and an interest in developing others.
If you feel you meet the essential criteria and hold the required qualifications, we'd love to hear from you
Experience of working corporation tax issues in the insurance sector.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Communicating and Influencing
Making Effective Decisions
We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:
Communicating and Influencing
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Application of Tax Knowledge (Level 3 - please see attached Tax Competency Framework)
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension