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Senior Tax Advisor (Employment Taxes) (0637)

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We are currently recruiting for a Senior Tax Advisor to join our expanding Employer Solutions team. This role could be based in any of our offices.

About you: 

The ideal individual may already have a background in accountancy or tax, or hold a relevant qualification, but key to this role is an enthusiasm to learn, provide a high level of client service and to work in a team environment. All training will be given on the job, with the opportunity to develop your training further through professional exams.

What you’ll be doing:

As a Senior Tax Advisor, you will be expected to work across the range of specialisms, supporting the team in delivering projects. This work will include the following:

  • Scoping and costing new projects
  • Preparing risk assessments to identify key tax issues to be considered
  • Liaising directly with clients and engagement teams to understand and document legal, accounting and commercial background to engagements
  • Drafting tax advice for review by senior team members
  • Seeking clearances and advance assurance from HMRC
  • Reviewing HMRC submissions (such as P11Ds, P85s and annual share scheme reporting) for consistency with tax advice given
  • Reviewing client provided information to address employment tax compliance issues
  • Reviewing target company information and preparing transaction due diligence reports on employment tax, share scheme and national minimum wage concerns
  • Liaising with non-UK firms in the PKF network to obtain input on projects involving clients with globally mobile workforces and preparing advice on the impact of UK and non-UK taxes of both the employer and their employees.
  • Monitoring project budgets and preparing fees

The employer solutions team covers an array of work and consultants are expected to engage with the whole range at more junior levels, beginning to specialise in a few focus areas as they progress through the manager grades. Types of projects where consultants would be the main preparer could including the following:

  • Global mobility: analysing the tax implications of an employer looking to send an employee on a two year secondment to the USA. The work involved would include undertaking a UK tax residency review of the employee; providing advice on the ongoing PAYE and national insurance obligations; liaising with PKF US colleagues to understand the interaction with US income tax and social security; preparing UK applications and tax returns in support of the advice given; advising the employer of the UK tax implications of any additional benefits and expenses provided to the employee as part of their secondment
  • National Minimum Wage: a client is acquiring a business and have concerns that the business has not been complying with national minimum wage legislation, so requires due diligence report covering any risk of historic breaches in national minimum wage. As part of this support you would be required to review the payroll records and practices of the target business, in conjunction with the national minimum wage legislation and then reporting on what breaches have occurred, quantifying the exposure and outlining the options to address the risk.
  • Employment incentives: a client wants to introduce a salary exchange scheme for employee pensions and electric vehicles and requires support to implement the schemes. The work involved would be to outline the steps to be taken for the employer; illustrate the savings to be made for both the employer and their employees; liaise with the employment law specialists to prepare the relevant legal documentation; prepare and deliver the communications for employees to talk them through the scheme; assist the client’s payroll and HR team in implementing the scheme.
  • Employee Share Plan implementation: a client wants to incentivise key directors by giving them shares. The work involved would be to undertake a tax valuation of the shares to be awarded and consider how these could be acquired in the most cost/tax efficient manner. The design of the plan would require considering client needs on designing performance conditions and recovering the shares in the event of poor performance.  Depending upon the type of plan you would either draft the legal documentation required or work with the client’s lawyers on the implementation.  The completion of HMRC share scheme filings an annual returns would also be part of the role.

Why us:

PKF Francis Clark is the place for your career. Our growth offers you the opportunity to expand and develop your career in a direction that interests you. We offer a supportive and flexible working environment, taking your career seriously to enable you to be the best you can be.

What next:

Please click ‘Apply Now’. If you don’t have an up-to-date CV or would prefer to chat to someone before applying, get in touch with Keith Lackie on

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PKF Francis Clark doesn’t discriminate. We’re interested in your skills, your experience, your potential, and nothing else.

We are not accepting agency introductions unless prior approval has been given in writing.

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