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About In House Tax

This weblog is a news and views site for tax professionals within the UK and international in-house tax community.  You will find information about appointments and people moves in and around the in-house tax market, issues affecting the in-house tax professional, opinions on the state of the tax job market, updates on tax technology, and other general thoughts of the day.

Hope you find it useful.

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This site has been developed by Simon Godley, who also runs the niche tax recruitment company Talentpool Selection . Simon spends a lot of his time placing tax specialists into FTSE companies, large in-bound groups and some professional services organisations. He also recruits and is well networked around the UK tax technology and VAT markets.

Tax News

Tax network page for tax professionals on Facebook

Friday, 27 January 2012

Facebook is clearly the No.1 place for social media interaction, with 500m users globally and something approaching 25m users in the UK, depending on which research statistics you rely on. The key forum is that of socialising informally with friends on all subjects to do with your life, however to what extent is it used for business or career networking? I think currently it is used for this on a limited basis because people are keeping their life social networking separate from their work social networking, which they would tend to do on platforms such as LinkedIn.

But will this change, and will people tap more into the potential of Facebook for business purposes and for career networking?

In relation to this, a new Facebook page has been recently set up by Talentpool for tax professionals. The page is Working in Tax - Your View, and it is for tax professionals to view and comment on all issues relating to working in tax. Will be interesting to see if it gathers momentum. Please go to the Page and 'Like' it.

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SAP-Indirect Tax skills in demand

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Working on a number of opportunities in the ERP-VAT / Indirect Tax space at a range of levels, both at the Consultant level (£40-50k) and more experienced Manager levels (£70k+). Locations can be for experts in London / SE in the UK, or Belgium / Netherlands.

Here is the outline of one active role:

ERP-Indirect Tax Implementations Consultant
Based London or Benelux countries | £55 - 75k + Bens

Opportunity to work on high-end VAT system implementations projects with a small successful consultancy. With offices in the UK and overseas, they already have an enviable client base, typically FTSE 100 groups, Europe-wide listed and large private organisations. Due to an influx of new client projects, they are now looking to build up further their ERP-VAT systems expert resource to work on delivery of projects and proposals. This project role, based either in UK or a West Europe location, will work within a tax-IT project team assessing clients' VAT systems and processes and then delivering on a variety of system enhancements and improvements, either to enhance a SAP-FI-tax scenario or sometimes involving implementations of tax engine bolt-ons e.g. Sabrix or Vertex. To meet the challenges of this specialist role, your background could fall into one of two categories - either technical VAT background, with international / EU VAT compliance experience, together with hands-on experience of VAT systems, and exposure to how VAT works within a SAP / ERP / finance environment. Alternatively, you could have specialist experience in the SAP/Oracle-VAT space, having worked on ERP-tax sensitisation projects and/or configuration of Sabrix/Vertex within a large business. In addition, this role will require strong client-facing skills, with the ability to assess client needs and help to build value and effectiveness within clients' tax and finance functions.

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Future operations of the in-house Tax Function

Friday, 20 January 2012

By Simon Godley

As a recruitment specialist in the tax systems, process & technology market, I am curious and intrigued by how the operations of the tax function (particularly for the large multinational) will change over time, say over the next 5 years. I would also like to consider over the next 10 years, but that could be somewhat crystal ball stuff.

Should we expect SAP and tax to be fully interfaced?

Should we expect the tax database engine to be a more 'mainstream' technology?

Should we expect tax determination and tax return software to work smoothly together without any manual interventions?

Will an IT system have sufficient data and information built into it to remove the need for any human judgement on tax figures or disclosures?

Will a Group Tax Director be reviewing the tax compliance status for different countries / entities on his/her iPad via a cloud service?

Many contacts of mine in the market are very certain that tax systems are the future of the tax function, but I'm interested to know how this may unfold.
Given I am talking of these developments now, they are undoubtedly on our horizon, if not in some cases already happening.

Any views on this from people close to these technologies greatly appreciated.

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In-House Tax systems - new opportunity

Monday, 16 January 2012

Currently working on a somewhat rare opportunity - this role is to join a very large, high profile international corporate to focus on tax system and tax software changes and improvements from a group tax perspective. Looking for someone at newly / recently qualified level with an equally hard-to-find mix of tax & IT skills. However great role for someone looking to progress and build a career in this sub-sector of the tax market.

Tax Technology Adviser - Large Corporate
London | £40,000 - £50,000 + excellent benefits and bonus

New high calibre opportunity has arisen for an IT-tax systems / software adviser to operate within the group tax function of this FTSE 100 group, based in London. Reporting to a Director, this is a rare opportunity to focus on the tax systems and processes within a very international business, and to have exposure to a diverse range of tax system enhancements and implementations. Projects may include workflow and document management systems, devising processes to reduce tax risk, tax provisions & forecasting tools, and other ad-hoc system improvements. In terms of your background, ideally you will be tax trained (corporate tax or other tax area with a large firm), preferably having completed a tax or accounting qualification. You will be at the newly / recently qualified level, now looking for a change of direction or looking to sub-specialise. You may have worked with a variety of tax software products, however experience around corporate tax software will be beneficial. In addition, candidates with a wider appreciation of business / finance systems (e.g. Hyperion, SAP/Oracle Financials, Excel VBA, Access) will have a strong advantage in this systems-centric role. This will be a very visible role in the company, and will involve regular liaison with senior management in the business, tax, legal and IT teams. You will therefore need to demonstrate strong team work skills and confident communication skills with senior colleagues or client contacts. This is a very attractive opportunity in the commercial market, and one which would strongly propel a career in tax systems and software.

For a confidential discussion on this role, please contact Simon Godley on 0870 46 056 46 or email at:

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Predictions for 2012 in-house tax market

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

By Simon Godley

So here we are in the 2nd week back after the New Year, and Talentpool is trying to settle in to what will hopefully be a busy year in the tax search and recruiting market, following on from a productive 2011.

Clearly very difficult to predict how the year will roll out, but here are 5 expectations of what we may see or experience from the in-house tax market in the UK.

1. It will remain notoriously difficult to recruit good quality Tax Advisers / Accountants at the newly & recently qualified (ACA / CTA) level. This will be partly due to low volumes of newly qualifieds coming through to qualification due to lower graduate recruiting in the Big 4 / top tier accounting firms during 2009. Also it is at this point when quite a lot of tax qualifieds decide to leave the tax sector and go on to do something else with their ACA qualification.

2. A continued trend to recruit tax accountants that can display good skills and experience on tax accounting / reporting (this may sound obvious but it can still remain a challenge to find tax qualifieds from the practice firms that have a good grasp of tax reporting (under US Gaap or IFRS) in addition to the more mainstream tax computations experience).

3. Quite strong demand for interim tax managers and tax accountants, particularly during busy compliance and/or tax reporting periods due to group tax functions feeling generally under-resourced and finding it difficult to get the approval to hire into a perm role.

4. In the case of the large-end / top tier multinationals, there may be an increasing trend to bring in-house expertise on tax systems and for ERP-Tax projects. As this area becomes a key feature of the workings of a tax function (i.e. more mainstream), and not wishing to always outsource this work to the large consultancies, Heads of Tax may more frequently look to hire a 'tax technology' expert.

5. Depending on the events and repercussions in the Eurozone, which could be harmful to the UK recovery within business, there may remain a rather weak M&A tax arena due to lack of high value corporate transactions. Demand for M&A tax experts may therefore be lower, however we would still expect to see moderate demand for in-house Tax Managers with good international tax experience due to large number of FTSEs and UK based groups being less reliant on UK business.

Will look forward to reporting on prediction vs reality observed towards the end of the year.

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