Expatriate Taxation – Practice

For our clients Hinksford is one of the UK’s leading recruiters of Expatriate Tax  Experts and Global Mobility Specialists. In keeping with the nature of this niche market, Hinksford sometimes recruits for jobs and positions which are not broadly advertised.

Below are some general pointers on the requirements and experience that our clients expect to see from an Expatriate Tax candidate. If you would like further details of current opportunities, please contact your specialist Hinksford consultant, or email: current-opportunities@hinksford.com. All contact is treated in the strictest confidence.

Example Positions:

  • Expatriate Tax Consultant (Big 4 – UK Tax)
  • Share Schemes Senior Consultant (Big 4 firm)
  • Expatriate Tax Manager (Big 4 – UK/Japan Dual Handler)
  • Expatriate Tax Junior (Big 4 – BA/BSc Hons qualified)
  • Expatriate Tax Senior Manager (UK-US Dual Handler – Boutique)
  • InHouse – Reward & Compensation Manager (Consulting Boutique)
  • International Social Security Senior Manager (Big 4)

Entry Level Requirements:

  • Minimum 2.1 degree – high verbal & numeracy skills
  • Interpersonally confident, articulate, smartly presented
  • Experience of working in a professional services or client orientated organisation.

Assistant Manager (AM) Requirements:

  • Minimum as above plus ATT qualified.
  • Ideally Accountancy or Tax qualified. ACA, CTA, ACCA, or possibly ATT.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience of Expatriate Tax issues or tax return preparation in any sized practice, an in-house payroll department or a global mobility team.
  • Ideally from a similar sized firm and therefore familiar with the preparation, and review processes and engagement management methodologies.

AM Basic Tax Compliance Responsibilities:

  • Preparation of UK tax returns for expatriate executives, i.e. for British nationals who are abroad and for foreign nationals who are in the UK.
  • In respect of each executive;
    • completion and administration of Inland Revenue agent and arrival/departure forms and other documentation and,
    • liaison with the Revenue authority (HMRC) in respect of any related tax questions or queries,
  • Collection of employment remuneration and other income data required to calculate tax returns
  • Monitoring of time spent in different countries for Short Term Assignees
  • Coordination of expatriate tax services in other international offices.

AM Basic Knowledge:

  • Home country tax return preparation
  • Accurate hypothetical tax calculations and ability to assess the implications for the employer and employee of a Tax Equalisation policy.


Manager Requirements

  • As above plus…
  • Minimum CTA/ACA/ACCA qualified,
  • 4/5 years total experience of preparing individuals’ tax returns,
  • As well as preparing tax returns, spend a significant percentage of chargeable time on reviewing of juniors’ tax return preparation,
  • Attention to detail and ability to analyse and query complex compensation data,
  • Detailed understanding of different forms of compensation including: stock options, bonuses, long-term incentive plans and non-cash benefits,
  • Experience of training and development of junior staff, appraisal processes and other HR related procedures,
  • Some involvement in marketing activity; accompanying directors and partners on client trips, involvement in ITT response, pre-pitch briefs, brochures, proposals and presentations,
  • WiP & Billing: experience of managing engagement codes, tracking code and individuals’ utilization rates. Tight management or escalation of matters affecting recoveries and debtor days,
  • Working on teams dedicated to developing new tax products and winning advisory/consulting projects for existing clients,

Senior Manager – Additional Requirements

  • Responsibility for running, either directly or through managers, many multiple engagements,
  • Direct management of own small clients and ‘ownership’ of client engagement codes,
  • Departmental lead responsibility for monitoring and reporting on functional matters such as Recruitment, Compliance, HR Policies, Finances (departmental WiP, Billing, Recovery),
  • Lead responsibility for creating and developing new tax products and winning and profitably delivering advisory/consulting projects for existing clients.

Director – Additional Requirements

  • Exceptional client portfolio management and organisation skills,
  • Innate aptitude and confident personality for networking,
  • Impressive interpersonal skills, particularly strong negotiation and persuasion skills,
  • Demonstrably successful experience of tactics and strategies necessary to attract new clients,
  • Excellent client relationship management skills: highly skilled in retention, expansion and promotion strategies,
  • Commercial indicators: high income achievement/growth, low staff turnover,
  • Administrative skills – tight control of WiP, debtor days and lock up.

Hinksford is one of the UK’s few specialist expatriate tax recruiters with an international network of clients and candidates involved in expatriate tax, social security and global mobility. For more information on the latest expatriate tax jobs and partner opportunities, jobs please email us at current-opportunities@hinksford.com

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