Expat Tax Manager

Clifford Chance LLP
15 Oct 2021
19 Oct 2021
Part Time
Contract Type
Note: This role is for Job Share - 3 days

Job Overview

The Expat tax team works alongside the Global Mobility HR team and is responsible for reviewing and advising on all aspects of the Firm's positions taken on expat and employment tax matters - liaising with various stakeholders in the business, across a variety of departments, internally and with the Firm's tax advisors, externally.

Who you will work with

The Expat Tax Manager ('ETM') will work in the Partnership Tax & Treasury team, joining 2 other ETMs, a Senior Manager and a Tax Assistant.

What you will be responsible for

The Expat tax team is currently adding to the team as one Manager transitions to a part-time role. With global business travellers and secondees growing in both volume and complexity, this new role has been created within the team. You would be joining 2 existing Managers in the team and your joint key responsibilities would be to assist the expat tax team in managing the firm's tax risk, with respect to global employment and expat tax solutions.

What you will do

• Work closely with the Global Mobility team specialists (based in London, Hong Kong and New York), to provide proactive expat tax and social security advice, with respect to our international secondment moves within the Firm - including international client secondments, short term moves and commuter arrangements;
• Review standard policies, processes, and training materials with respect to our globally mobile workforce, to ensure they meet the Firm's relevant obligations and ensure we are compliant across various jurisdictions in terms of tax, payroll, social security, and other reporting requirements;
• Continually review and consider any potential tax planning opportunities around our international secondment policies, which may look to reduce either our costs, mitigate our risks or reduce our administrative burden in this area;
• Review secondment costings and advise the business on optimal, cost effective secondment solutions, from a cash-flow and accruals perspective;
• Conduct UK consultations with secondees, trainees, relocating employees and/or the business, to ensure initial cross-border tax concerns are addressed - with personal and Firm obligations clear;
• Advise the Global Mobility team of net salary, bonus, and hypo tax figures for tax equalised secondees (on an annual basis) and provide periodic reviews;
• Liaise with global payroll teams regarding compensation delivery for international secondees and the required actions with respect to tax withholding and social security contributions or exemptions;
• Assist with managing the firm's real-time payroll requirements in various jurisdictions, including review of the tax calculations and tax return filings required to complement this;
• Ensure the appropriate tax compliance services offered to employees and staff are authorised and completed successfully, for example the relevant tax returns in each location, TEC settlements, social security exemption certificates, etc.;
• Assist with centrally coordinating the collation of all compensation data for the global submission of all individual tax returns required by secondees (incl. the UK), answering all related queries and ensuring all global tax payments are reconciled on an annual basis;
• Ensure the service delivery from our external tax advisors meets the Firm's expectations and agreed service levels, completing the appropriate annual season reviews;
• Assist with managing ad hoc tax advisory projects owned by the expat tax team and liaise with key internal stakeholders (e.g. HR, Reward, Payroll and Finance, etc.); and external contacts including HMRC and our external tax advisors, to execute these;
• Assist with global business traveller analysis, to complement tax and other compliance requirements, including the posted worker directive;
• Assist with managing the Short-Term Business Visitor ("STBV") process for the UK Firm - ensuring the annual PAYE compliance deadline is met for its overseas branches; and the STBV report for all other treaty countries is submitted to HMRC. This will include analysing the appropriate data sources, obtaining the relevant residence certificates, and addressing HMRC queries;
• Liaise with various stakeholders in the business to review and ensure that the UK Firm meets its obligations and necessary reporting requirements with respect to the provision of benefits, allowances and reimbursed expenses (e.g. annual filing of the firms PAYE Settlement Agreement in the UK). This will include responding to payroll and finance queries;
• Ensure you are updated on any current changes in tax legislation, commercial trends or 'best practice' and be able to consider the Firm's actions or implementation of such updates where required.
• Oversee and review the work of junior members of the team, providing necessary support and development; and
• Ad hoc duties and support of the wider team, where required.

Your career experience so far

Strong experience of preparing, reviewing and/or explaining UK personal tax returns in a professional services environment, with a good understanding of UK tax compliance and internationally mobile tax issues (including complex treaty matters);
Excellent communication skills;
Good attention to detail, accurate, sound, methodical data entry skills;
Adept in Microsoft Suite products (with excel competence);
Strong analytical, organisational, and interpersonal skills;
Confident and clear verbal and written communication skills;
Team player, with a positive attitude and flexible approach to work;
Ability to work unsupervised (with intelligent questioning, where required); and
Ability to question the integrity of processes and data.

Ideally, you will have:
Previous experience of using Personal Tax Software (CCH preferred);
A number of years' experience of having worked at or closely with professional service firms, in the coordination of secondee tax compliance and advisory work; and
Experience of communicating with HMRC, global teams/functions, engaging with all levels of HR and payroll teams/finance personnel, as required.

The role holder should be ATT qualified or equivalent, at minimum.
How we will support you

From your first day with us, you will have varied opportunities to continuously grow and development your skills and knowledge. From formal training, informal coaching and mentoring through to skills-based and technical training and on the job learning.
You will be expected to attend regular external tax update meetings and seminars, to maintain your CPD.

About the Firm

Whatever your area of expertise, you will find a range of career opportunities at Clifford Chance. And wherever you're heading, Clifford Chance is where you can be true to your ambitions.
Our firm, work and people span jurisdictions, cultures and languages. In a world where commercial success increasingly relies on globalisation, we offer clients a truly international perspective, and we offer our people a rewarding and stimulating career.

We're proud of our approachable, friendly and team-based way of working. Highly professional and self-assured, with an entrepreneurial streak, our people are more than happy to share their expertise and knowledge.
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Our goal is to deliver an equality of opportunity, an equality of aspiration and an equality of experience to everyone who works in our firm. Find out more here.


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