Tax Accountant
DLA Piper
Sheffield, United Kingdom
6d ago

Tax Accountant-(21000101)


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Our established finance team is looking for a Senior Tax Assistant, who will be a key part of our excellent team of tax professionals and share our professional and commercial values, while striving for excellence.

This unique opportunity is suitable for a part-qualified finance professional with experience in tax. The role encompasses an extensive strategic tax advisory and compliance agenda with a senior stakeholder audience, including the implementation of tax policies, tax risk management and internal stakeholder / client relationship management within a global firm.

The role is within our Central Finance Team and will be based in either Sheffield or Leeds. The successful candidate will become a part of our best in class tax team, and will be provided with an excellent opportunity of professional growth within an international, commercially minded and professionally established finance function.

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Partnership taxation :

  • Income Tax computations : Prepare / review the UK income tax analyses and finalise for manager review, together with specific issues for clarification Prepare notes for external advisors to aid review Undertake / oversee the monthly review of tax sensitive expense accounts Undertake / oversee the analysis of year end accounts Undertake / oversee the analysis of general ledger accounts Ensure all necessary backup documentation is obtained for files Prepare initial technical tax analysis of transactions outside of the performance of professional services (e.g. property changes, etc)
  • Capital allowances calculations : Prepare / review the UK capital allowances calculations and finalise for manager review, together with specific issues for clarification Undertake / oversee the analysis and categorisation of fixed asset movements Prepare / review the reconciliation of all movements to the notes in the final accounts Review schedules for QS reports.
  • Corporate Taxation :

  • Prepare / review corporation tax computations for UK companies
  • Prepare / review the calculation of payments on account each quarter (if required) and any balancing payment on finalisation
  • Periodic / Year-end tasks :

  • Assist with the yearly budgeting process
  • Review or calculate tax charges for inclusion in statutory accounts for UK entities
  • Review of consolidation packs of Belgian and German operations
  • Initial preparation of the UK aspects of the partnership level deferred tax calculations
  • Assist with the reconciliation of the UK profit allocation to taxable profits
  • Assist with the preparation of the deferred tax report to tax committee
  • Perform an annual review of tax and statutory compliance deadlines in co-ordination with other Senior Tax Assistant(s) to ensure compliance calendar is accurate
  • Assist in the review of CbC reporting data
  • Follow up / escalation where quarterly tax checklists are not completed and returned (including inadequate completion)
  • Review own tax processes at least annually, with a view to identifying areas for improvement
  • Seek to identify areas for improvement in other tax processes for which the Tax Managers and Senior Tax Managers have responsibility
  • Tax Risk Management :

  • Assist with the development and maintenance of tax risk management processes and controls.
  • Belgium / Germany :

  • Perform initial review (where required) of overseas tax returns and tax payments in advance of submission, identifying and querying material changes from previous returns
  • Follow up / escalate instances of non-compliance (or potential non-compliance) with local finance managers and tax managers
  • Germany :

  • Review of the yearly profit allocation
  • Assist with the introduction and ongoing administration of tax reserving for the German partners
  • UK Partners :

  • Assist with ad hoc partner income tax return and tax reserving matters
  • Other / Ad-hoc work :

  • Assist on project work
  • Assist with ad hoc requests from the business
  • Review staff mobility queries to assess the risk of a Permanent Establishment and ensure appropriate controls are in place where required
  • Monitor the invoicing and tracking of key transactions in sterling and currency, ensuring all teams (central tax, central finance, local finance) are working with the same amounts
  • Assist with territory Tax Compliance Reviews
  • Attend meetings and join periodic update calls with overseas finance managers. Prepare minutes of periodic update calls and monitor / follow up on actions arising
  • Review the local to group reconciliations to ensure that accounting differences are minimised
  • Develop relationships with key personnel
  • Provide cover and support when the Tax Accountants and Tax Managers are unavailable

  • Have a minimum of 2-years’ experience of working in tax and be able to apply that existing knowledge and experience to new situations / scenarios
  • have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, coupled with the ability to influence, negotiate and persuade
  • demonstrate a flexible and collaborative personal working style
  • be able to build and maintain strong relationships across all levels within the organisation
  • have the interpersonal skills to work as part of a larger team to deliver seamless services to the partnership
  • work alongside more senior colleagues
  • have strong planning and organisation skills
  • be comfortable multi-tasking and working to conflicting timescales and multiple priorities in a robust and fast-paced environment
  • be able to balance a high volume of work and deliver consistently high-quality work under pressure
  • be logical, analytical and intelligent
  • be a self-starter, who is able to work on their own initiative as well as being part of a team, and have a strong client service orientation
  • take the initiative to identify new opportunities and challenge established ways of doing things
  • be working / willing to work towards appropriate professional qualification, such as ACCA, ACA or CTA
  • If based in Leeds, spend at least one day per week working in Sheffield

    DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

    Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed.

    Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


    In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values :

  • Be Supportive - we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully
  • Be Collaborative - we give, we share and we join in
  • Be Bold - we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big
  • Be Exceptional - we exceed standards and expectations

    At DLA Piper, diversity and inclusion underpins how we live our values and everything we do. We believe that everyone has a voice, and that everyone’s voice counts.

    We know that the rich diversity across our firm makes us stronger, more innovative and creative, which helps us to better serve our clients and communities.

    We are committed to providing an inclusive working environment and culture across our global firm, where everyone can bring their authentic self to work.

    Diversity of perspective, thought, background and culture combine to make us the leading global law firm; that’s why we actively seek to build balanced teams.

    We welcome the unique contribution that you will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

    We support anyone with a disability or long term health condition to ensure they have the opportunity to perform at their best.

    If you have not done so already, please let us know if you require any support so we can make the right adjustments and considerations should they be required.


    We know that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly.

    That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


    In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we will conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.

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