This role is in the National Tax Department of a large firm. This team provides technical support to the firm’s Tax Faculty and includes a team of Technical Officers covering the range of UK taxes on which the firm advises. This role covers private client tax and employer solutions taxes and the firm is flexible regarding the office that you are based in (although you must be happy to commute to London at times).
The Technical Officer reports to the National Head of Tax Technical and also works closely with the firm’s National Head of Tax, Tax Service Line Heads and Specialist Groups. The principal responsibility of the Technical Officer is to ensure an up to date knowledge (including details of legislative proposals, consultations etc.) in respect of tax law and practice in their allocated specialist area(s) in order that National Tax is in a position to support the issue of appropriate guidance on technical issues that impact on the Tax Faculty and the firm’s business and clients.
In particular, the Tax Technical Officer is responsible for:
• Providing specific technical support and guidance on technical issues identified by National Tax, offices or specialist groups as requiring consideration on a proactive (in advance of legislative changes, cases etc.) or reactive basis.
• Attending fortnightly Technical Team meetings and calls and monthly National Tax Team meetings and calls;
• Coordinating the preparation by service lines or specialist groups of tax briefings, updates and other materials for clients and targets including writing, reviewing and dissemination of such materials as necessary and reviewing the technical content of marketing and delivery support vehicles;
• Supporting the Tax Operations Team by providing technical input and review of standard documents and delivery material and Tax Manual content as and when requested;
• Drafting, editing and reviewing training and workshop day presentation materials;
• Supporting tax Learning and Development through input to and review of tax update course material;
• Identifying potential business development and marketing initiatives from case law/legislative developments;
• Preparing and/or reviewing the firm’s external tax marketing materials and coverage of the Chancellor’s Budget and similar events as necessary;
• Preparing and/or reviewing the firm’s other tax related press release materials, including articles for the national, regional and tax technical press as necessary;
• Agreeing and recording the firm’s policies on tax matters including, in particular, those relevant to their allocated specialist area(s), as documented in the firm’s Tax Manual;
• Co-ordinating and contributing to external consultations (HMRC, HM Treasury and EC) involving matters relevant to their allocated specialist area(s);
• Carrying out ad-hoc client work in support of local offices or as arising from published articles;
You should be ACA/CTA qualified with outstanding technical and research skills in both private client and employment taxes. You must be able to communicate clearly and concisely in writing to a variety of audiences, ranging from the technically advanced to non-tax specialists.