The Tax Team is part of the Finance & Resources Department, which is a shared services function working across the NCIs to provide a comprehensive, cost-effective finance service to each organisation. The Tax Team is responsible for providing tax advice and support to the NCIs.
In particular, advice is provided in support of the property and investing activities of the Church Commissioners; advising on the Pensions Board investing activities; and optimising the recovery of VAT for each of the main NCIs. The Tax Team is also responsible for ensuring that all tax and VAT compliance matters are dealt with in a timely and accurate manner.
The role is to assist and act in conjunction with the Head of Tax in the following areas:
- To provide and document advice in relation to the following matters:
- Investment including private equity and various situational funds in the UK and overseas
- Real estate transactions with particular regard to exposure to SDLT, VAT, and Corporation Tax
- Structuring trading and other activities which do not have a primary charitable purpose, through appropriate use of subsidiaries to minimise tax exposure
- Reviewing, negotiating and agreeing VAT recovery methods (including partial exemption special methods)
- Reviewing existing trusts/restricted funds to assess whether they have an ongoing need or whether funds can be spent out
Preparing and submitting Corporation Tax returns for:
- Four key NCIs [Archbishops’ Council, Church Commissioners, Church of England Pensions Board and Church of England Central Services]
- The various trading subsidiaries and partnerships
- Pensions schemes
- Preparing and submitting Quarterly VAT Returns for seven different VAT Groups with the NCIs including those of the Church Commissioners and the Pensions Board which are subject to more complex partial exemption calculations
- To assist the financial reporting and accounting teams as and when necessary in particular in respect of year end reporting and the preparation of subsidiaries’ accounts
- Providing technical updates and training for staff in relevant areas to ensure that they have the appropriate level of knowledge of tax matters, especially VAT
- Assisting development and maintenance of finance owned policies, e.g. anti-fraud and anti-bribery policy
Company Secretarial compliance
- Maintaining company records, minutes of Board Meetings, submitting annual returns, updating Companies House and/or the Charity Commission, and dealing other administrative matter for:
- All subsidiaries of the NCIs [Archbishops’ Council, Church Commissioners, Church of England Pensions Board and Church of England Central Services]
- All trusts and charities administered by the NCIs
- Governance matters including indemnity and insurance arrangements for Directors
External parties (inc. advisors and HMRC)
- Liaising with external advisors as required to ensure the delivery of a high-quality service which is highly adaptable and able to meet the changing needs of the NCIs
- Maintaining a good working relationship with HMRC to assist in achieving timely and appropriate resolution of issues as and when they arise, including the agreement of appropriate special methods for partial exemption etc.
Member of CCAB organisation or equivalent professional accounting body, or CTA qualification, or similar
- Ability to identify and resolve complex tax issues.
- Ability to work under pressure and use own discretion to prioritise work to meet deadlines
- Good interpersonal skills; able to develop effective working relationships with internal clients and external advisors
- Strong attention to detail, with the ability to analyse data and extract pertinent information
- Excellent numerical and written skills with the ability to communicate both orally and in writing at all levels
- Able to work on own initiative and as part of a team
- Excellent IT skills, including confidence to utilise Excel effectively
- Able to communicate complex issues to lay persons, and to translate technical requirements into practical application
- Experience of managing tax affairs of, or supporting/advising in-house teams of, complex organisations (incl. CT Returns etc.)
- Experience of, and providing advice concerning, fund agreements and complex off-shore corporate structures
- Understanding complex investments
- Understanding of international investment activities
- Good knowledge of VAT (particularly in relation to property) and partial exemption
- Experience of working effectively with HMRC, maintaining positive relationships and negotiating complex arrangements
- Experience of dealing with tax and VAT as it impacts charities
- An understanding of legal and administrative matters relating to corporate bodies and charities
- Good knowledge of the legal structuring of property transactions
- An aptitude for identifying process improvements and managing subsequent change
- Knowledge of SAP software
- Knowledge of accounting in a property environment.
We in the National Church Institutions support the mission and ministries of the Church all over England. We work with parishes, dioceses (regional offices), schools, other ministries and our partners at a national and international level.
Excellence, Respect, Integrity
We follow these three values in everything we do, whether we are of Christian faith, another faith or no faith. To learn more about working for National Church Institutions and our benefits, please click here
The first duty of Government is the defence of the realm. Our Armed Forces fulfil that responsibility on behalf of the Government, sacrificing some civilian freedoms, facing danger and, sometimes, suffering serious injury or death as a result of their duty. Families also play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of our Armed Forces. In return, the whole nation has a moral obligation to the members of the Naval Service, the Army and the Royal Air Force, together with their families. They deserve our respect and support, and fair treatment.
Those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether regular or Reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families, should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services. Special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.
We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.
*Where applicable depending on post requirements.