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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 Awards 2012 - The Winners

Friday, 25 May 2012

Simon Godley attended the annual Tolley's Tax Awards last night at the London Hilton, Park Lane.  The comedian and actor Marcus Brigstocke was the evening's entertainer (a good choice) and he also presented the awards to the category winners.
It was yet another well organised event from Lexis Nexis / Tolleys, with post-awards casino entertainment and live jazz band in the mix.
And a very big thank you to Alan James at Vertex Global Tax Solutions for inviting me onto his table.

And here's a run down of the winners:

Best High Net Worth Team - Smith & Williamson

Best International Tax Team - Grant Thornton

Best Tax Practice in a Regional Firm - Francis Clark

Tax Writer of the Year - John Endacott (Francis Clark)

Best In-House Tax Team - Legal & General

Best Tax Investigations Team - Crowe Clark Whitehill

Best Tax Consultancy Team - McKie & Co

Best Single Office Tax Practice - Creaseys

Best Technological Innovation - Low Incomes Tax Reform Group of the CIOT

Best VAT Team - Ernst & Young

Taxation's Rising Star - Kelly Sizer (CIOT)

Best Tax Team in a Law Firm - Olswang

Best Tax Team in a National Firm - Grant Thornton

Lifetime Achievement Award - John Andrews

Best Big Four Tax Team - PwC R&D Tax Credit Team

Tax Personality of the Year - Anthony Thomas

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Tax Accountant - Corporate Tax - option to retrain into tax-IT market

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Currently searching for UK or European based Tax Accountant level professionals with tax accounting / reporting experience i.e. current/deferred tax type experience, preferably gained in a large multinational or Big 4/Top 20 firm.  Could be qualified ACA / ACCA or part-qualified.  Great opportunity with impressive software business to translate career into more of a project IT consultant remit.

London based (with UK and international travel) | £35,000 - £50,000 + bonus, depending on tax experience

Do you have experience in corporate tax compliance and/or tax accounting? Do you have a passion or strong interest in IT & computing systems? If yes, this is an excellent opportunity to combine those skills and interests, and to focus your career into high-end tax compliance systems.

Due to growth of this software company in the UK and increased customer pipeline, a new role has been devised for a corporate tax accountant or tax senior with good IT / Excel skills to work on client projects to implement tax accounting and compliance systems. This will be a client-facing role, and also acting as a project co-ordinator between various key stakeholders – the client, sales, IT development and external project partners. You will ideally have an accounting/ tax compliance background, having worked on the year-end tax accounting process and / or corporate tax computations for a large corporate group. You may also have moved your experience towards tax technology and tax software systems, either within a Big 4 consultancy or as part of an in-house tax role within a large international group.
You do not need to be an IT program specialist to move into this role, although a keen interest and aptitude for IT applications (e.g. Excel / MS Access/ database solutions) will be very beneficial. In addition, you will be confident with very strong communication and relationship skills, now looking to progress your career into the growth field of tax technology.
Please contact Simon Godley on 0870 46 056 46 or email: for more information.

posted by Simon Godley

Tax Job Market - 2012 update

Friday, 11 May 2012

By Simon Godley

So far 2012 has been a positive year for the tax job market, albeit with a slight slow down from 2011 activity. The recovery momentum from 2010-2011 has continued into this year, and there remains a noticeable demand for tax professionals.  We are now 3 years on from the recession of 2008-2009, and it feels that the employment market has benefited significantly from the corporate market recovering itself from the financial crises in 2008.  However with this seemingly healthy tax job market, there is clearly a fragile economic backdrop – a heavily indebted Eurozone situation, stock markets lacking confidence, negative news flow on the US economy, and the threat of the UK dropping back into technical recession. Generally it feels currently that the tax job market and the economy and behaving out of sync, and the danger is that the employment market recovery mentioned above could quickly run out steam. We hope not.

Recruitment across the UK in-house tax market remains active during 2012.  This is a combination of in-house tax functions feeling willing and able to hire into their teams and a good level of movement around the in-house market, leading to a high proportion of outgoing people being replaced. There is demand for corporate / international tax professionals and those with a remit for tax accounting/reporting, and demand for VAT/Indirect Tax specialists remains strong. There has also been a good level of roles for in-house transfer pricing managers within the larger-end multinationals.
Recruitment activity across the practice market has been moderately busy, with the Big Four continuing to build up tax resource to match increasing corporate and M&A activity, and to build up specialist teams for areas such as tax systems / technology consulting and iXBRL. Some of the Top 20 firms have also made a good number hires in tax during this year.
In the field of tax software / technology, there has been good demand for new hires within the tax software companies. The continued growth of tax technology businesses in the UK market has been fuelled by iXBRL, Senior Accounting Officer rules and adoption (mainly by some large-end corporates) of more streamlined ERP-based tax compliance and accounting systems.
So despite the tax job market behaving as one would expect i.e. quite bullish post-recession mode, concerns of more significant set-backs within the UK and broader international economy could knock out a lot of the rising confidence we observed during 2011. Hopefully if there are no more major shocks coming out the Eurozone debt crises, we may be able to keep the UK jobs market roughly on track.
If you are uncertain as to how the tax job market may impact on your tax position or career, please call Simon Godley on 0870 46 056 46 for a confidential discussion.  
posted by Simon Godley

VAT Research - new opportunities in London

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Currently seeking VAT Consultants / VAT Advisers / VAT Accountants with 2-5 years' experience of technical EU or international VAT exposure, preferably on VAT issues affecting large companies.  These are opportunities to join a small new team of VAT technical researchers supporting a growing technology business.

More info here:

VAT Research Analysts - London
London | £30,000 - £50,000 + Bonus + Pension + Bens

Our client is a leading provider of tax systems and technology solutions.  This is an expanding international business, offering very attractive opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in tax/IT systems.
A new opportunity has been created to join the company within the tax content / research team, and to have a focus on VAT & Indirect Tax technical research.  Reporting to a Manager, and having liaison with sales, software developers and implementations experts, you will be responsible for researching and interpreting VAT rules and legislation in a variety of countries across the EU and into Asia / Latin America.  You will need to apply excellent and creative research skills to analysing and understanding how VAT operates, and to keep abreast of changes in tax law.  You will also conduct presentations on tax compliance rules and be involved in other special projects.
In terms of suitable backgrounds and to fit with this role, you will ideally have experience in VAT / indirect tax compliance, either gained in a professional services / large tax services firm or as an in-house VAT compliance analyst, preferably with a large international organisation.  You will have been involved in researching VAT rules within your role, possibly using research tools such as IBFD or Tax Analyst.  Ideally you will also have a tax/accounting qualification, or be part-qualified ATT/CTA/ACCA or overseas equivalent.  In addition, you will be a self-starter, able to work independently with minimal supervision and with a desire of analysing detail.
This is a fantastic opportunity as a first move into the growth field of international tax systems, offering a solid forward career track for strong performers.
Applications are very welcome from VAT professionals in international locations, although you will be fully eligible to work in the UK.

For more information on this, please either e-mail Simon Godley at: or call us on 0870 46 056 46.

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