Employee Tax Manager
The Firm’s Tax Group is the internal tax team of 12 people that deal with PwC’s own tax affairs.We are part of One Finance but report to the Firm’s Designated Tax Partner (a Tax LoS partner).
We deal with all tax matters affecting the firm, from routine compliance through to advising Firm’s management on major tax structuring initiatives. A major part of the work effort is in managing the Firm’s exposure to, and compliance with, PAYE and associated obligations.
The Employee Tax Team comprises one Senior Manager, supported by a Manager (”you”) with junior support bought in as required. The previous postholder has now left the firm after 8 years in post, to take up a post as Head of Employment Taxes with a well-known media company and we need a replacement.The Firm’s Tax group is largely based in Embankment Place, but in line with the firm’s strategic direction, we would like an individual working mainly in the Midlands, preferably Birmingham, ideally situated for interaction with payroll. There will be some travel to London, which is expected to reduce over time.
- You will support the SM by providing first level technical advice on various employment tax matters and give advice to people of all grades, from explaining a decision to Partners, to confirming to junior staff how to process an item.
- Providing ad-hoc advice to HC professionals on a `quick response’ basis is an important part of the role. There is an annual pattern to some of the work, so a need to plan the quarterly and annual tasks. There are also stand-alone projects to deal with.
- PAYE processing is dealt with by the specialist HC payroll team in our Birmingham office. You will be providing them with technical support, reviewing tax calculations and reporting processes, and performing a degree of governance oversight.
The work involves:
- Being a point of contact for employee tax advice within the firm’s internal HC and finance communities. This involves responding to requests for help from those in the business taking decisions where they have an employee tax impact. This might include specific and detailed advice on a relocation package, or guidance on how to structure a travel pattern to avoid crystallising a tax liability.
- Providing advice to both the Contractor Management team and on the tax status of external workers; providing guidance on how the tax obligations fits in with our processes. Advising on considerations on future engagement structures, consequent on ‘Taylor’ related matters.
- Supporting the SM regarding payroll and related matters, including managing the ongoing relationship with payroll, and carrying out checks on tax return processes and construction.
- Being aware of external economic influences, how these are impacting the business and the employment tax issues that result. Similarly, being alert to how the firm’s strategic priorities will drive out Employee Tax considerations.
- Keeping aware of changes in tax rules and interpretations, to ensure that matters that have previously been accepted are not overtaken by tax changes, and advising the relevant PwC people accordingly.
- Delivering the year-end PAYE Settlement return that Firm’s Tax completes.
- Reviewing Employer in year return processes and year-end P11D returns.
The role reports directly to the Employee tax SM in Firm’s Tax Group, and through to the firm’s Finance Partner, and ultimately the Firm’s Designated Tax Partner.
Desirable skills sought for the role:
- The ability to manage relationships with other members of IFS, such that other teams know to seek tax advice early in any relevant process; to manage relationships such that s/he is the first contact point with at least some other teams.
- A tax or accounting qualification is desirable, but not essential. Far more important is the ability to be able to engage with other teams.
- A good `team player’, as, whilst we have our own areas of specialism, no area of tax can work in isolation.
- Good communication skills are important, as tax advice is always dependent on the context in which the advice is provided, and on the information extracted from the other party.
- Ability to draft and deliver relevant presentations
- Sufficient commercial understanding to appreciate what people are trying to achieve; to `put oneself in others shoes.
- Whilst the role does not involve the Tax practice, it is appropriate to maintain some links with the relevant client-facing tax employees, to ensure a second line of independent specialist advice.
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