VAT Senior

VAT Senior

Division: Tax Services Group
Location: Crawley, Brighton or Worthing

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join one of the largest and fastest-growing tax advisory teams in the southeast.

We are looking for a highly motivated tax senior to work within the VAT team of our Tax Advisory Group. The position would suit a motivated dynamic individual who would like to specialise in VAT.

Responsibilities would include:

  • Preparing VAT returns for businesses with complex VAT affairs such as partial exemption or internal trade
  • Drafting reports and letters of advice for review by the VAT managers
  • Preparing calculations to support VAT advice
  • Researching technical matters
  • Liaising with clients and attending meetings with other team members
  • Ad hoc VAT support for the firm’s diverse client base

If you have:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Excellent teamwork and organisational skills, including monitoring timetables and budgets
  • Strong technical skills and attention to detail

We can offer:

  • A competitive market rate salary
  • A generous study package
  • Opportunity to progress your career
  • Agile working hours and office space allow you to have a good work-life balance
  • Paid overtime or take time off in lieu if you work over your contracted hours
  • Opportunity to purchase additional holiday days
  • Opportunity to join our Cash Plan scheme
  • Carpenter Box Lifestyle Hub which offers discounts for online and high street shops
  • Relaxed dress code policy
  • Death in Service and associated benefits
Client Portfolio (65%)
Compliance:
  • To prepare/review complex VAT returns and annual adjustments – most clients have partial exemption, and/or business/non-business apportionment to contend with
  • To prepare voluntary declarations for VAT
  • To attend VAT visits as necessary
Consultancy:
  • To advise on liability queries – VAT treatment of transactions, place of supply of services queries, contract reviews, etc.
  • To advise on property issues, including new builds, building works, capital goods scheme, the option to tax, sales (and TOGCs), and cost issues.
  • To advise on developing/agreeing on practical and appropriate VAT recovery methods and processes.
  • To advise on structuring, including the use of trading subsidiaries, and recharges between entities.
  • To respond to ad hoc questions from clients/team members on a wide range of issues.
  • To liaise with and manage working relationships with HMRC during routine VAT inspections and ad-hoc audits
Technical and Departmental Administration (20%)
  • To keep up to date with taxation standards and developments within the profession and to attain the requisite number of CPD each year.
  • To help the firm and clients keep up to date with these developments
  • To contribute to team publications and seminars.
  • To contribute to VAT team publications.
  • To undertake training for clients, as appropriate.
Business Development (15%)
  • To identify potential sources of work from existing and potential new clients.
  • To be a main point of contact for Carpenter Box team members and clients with questions.
  • To manage ‘VAT only’ clients (with Oversight from the Director).
  • To work with other VAT team professionals on technical issues and cover referrals.
  • To consider cross-selling opportunities (audit/tax/strategic advice).
  • To prepare reasonable quotes for large projects, monitor WIP and bill as appropriate.
  • To develop relationships with client advisors (lawyers, etc).
General
  • To comply with all the firm’s policies and procedures, for example, timely submission of time sheets, and understanding of health and safety procedures.
  • To carry out such other duties as may from time to time be reasonably required
Apply now if you have:
  • Have a positive attitude – to respond to problems with potential solutions;
  • Have a practical attitude – to see the bigger picture for the client; The ability to deal with clients with different personalities, processes, and levels of understanding;
  • Are comfortable providing advice on complex issues to people who do not have the same level of knowledge or understanding of VAT;
  • Are approachable to clients and team members;
  • Have the ability to work well with other team members;
  • Have good technical skills and pay attention to detail;
We can offer you
  • A competitive market rate salary
  • A generous study package
  • Opportunity to progress your career
  • Agile working hours and office space allow you to have a good work-life balance
  • Paid overtime or time off in lieu if you work over your contracted hours
  • Opportunity to purchase additional holiday days
  • Opportunity to join our Cash Plan scheme
  • Carpenter Box Lifestyle Hub which offers discounts for online and high street shops
  • Relaxed dress code policy
  • Death in Service and associated benefits

At Carpenter Box, we recognise the positive value of diversity and promote equality. We aim at all times to recruit the person who is most suited to the job and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, regardless of age, race, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, or gender, particularly those underrepresented throughout the finance and accounting industry.

Although this role is advertised as full-time, we believe that flexibility at work can provide many significant benefits both to our colleagues and the business. We already work in a hybrid style across all offices and can support different ways of working. If you are interested and have any requirements or needs in the way you would like to work, please apply, and speak to us about this. We will consider flexible options for applicants.

If you have any questions about this role, contact HR Manager Helen Ruff for more information.

Please send your CV and cover letter below

  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, Max. file size: 512 MB.