£43000 - £55000 per annum
9 months ago
A leading professional membership body based in central London is seeking an experienced tax professional with strong technical writing skills and an interest in advocacy and lower income household tax issues, for a role as a Technical Officer. The role is initially offered on a 1 year fixed contract basis, and there is flexibility to work on either a full-time or a 4 day per week notice. The intention would be to then make the role permanent.
The role will involve:
-Researching and writing technical copy for websites and print media, both tax technical reviewing and updating of existing materials and preparation of new commentary. This will also include considering interactions between the tax and welfare systems (mainly child benefit, tax credits and the transition to universal credit).
-Working with the digital content manager to develop new materials for the websites to ensure they continue to meet user needs. This is likely to involve helping people navigate the new 'digital' HMRC world.
-Keeping up to date with developments in tax and related welfare systems that may affect low income constituents and preparing relevant news articles and press releases
-Answering website enquiries by providing links to appropriate information
-Identify issues within the programme's remit that affect low income taxpayers and determine the best way to take the issue forward, for example via meetings with the relevant officials; also to identify consultation documents and other reviews etc that the programme should respond to (for example calls for evidence, and contributing to research being done by other organisations that cuts across the sphere of interest).
-Draft and submit comments on and responses to consultation documents and other material to HMRC and other Government departments on matters within the scope of the agenda.
-Attend consultation meetings, workshops and conferences, reporting back to the main group as required and carrying out any necessary follow-up work
-Write and contribute material to the programme's monthly newsletters and contribute to relevant committees
-It is desirable that the individual will be a member of the CIOT or ATT, or otherwise be qualified or demonstrate experience to the same technical level
-The individual would be expected to have at least five years practical experience of tax work, at a level undertaken by typical CTA/ATT members.
- The individual is not expected to have detailed knowledge of all tax areas. They should, however, have an expert knowledge and practical experience of personal taxes and NICs, particularly as they affect people on low incomes. Experience in other general tax areas will be an advantage.
- Experience of technical writing is essential, as is an ability to write material for a range of different audiences. Our primary website material needs to be technically accurate but also clear and simple enough to be understood by someone with no tax knowledge. However, the ability to write technically for other audiences, such as tax advisers and the media, both newspaper and trade press, is also desirable as is experience or an aptitude for writing consultation responses, reports and other technical writing
- An interest in the welfare problems of those on low incomes is essential while some specialist knowledge of child benefit, tax credits and the transition to universal credit is a distinct advantage.
-Being a strong, confident presenter is essential for this role
Previous candidates successful in this role have come from a range of professional backgrounds: from practice, audit, HMRC or relevant publishing background.
This role represents a chance to work in a leading professional membership body, and to work on projects with a highly ethical focus.
Please send your CV for further consideration.