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Tax Manager - R&D Tax, Location Flexible

Date: Sep 25, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

This role is available across all our UK offices (London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Reading, Bristol, Cardiff, Southampton, Newcastle, Nottingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen). Our values define who we are and the way we do business. As a leading professional services firm, we know that our strength and capability comes from our people – their different perspectives, experiences and backgrounds. From our inclusive leadership strategy to our diversity and inclusion targets – we’re making bold changes to who we are and what we do. Be part of it.

KPMG’s national Innovation, Reliefs & Incentives (IRI) team provide industry leading guidance and assistance to our broad and diverse client portfolio. The national team leverages our new technology platforms to deliver high quality R&D tax, Patent Box, Research & Development Allowances, Creative Industries Tax Relief, Grants & HMRC dispute resolution services. As one of the largest teams in the industry our continued investment in innovation means that we seek engineers, scientists and tax professionals to join us on the next exciting phase of our growth. Working with clients who share in our values coupled with providing you with the support and opportunity to drive your career forward, why not come and join us! Our IRI team are looking to expand with the appointment of a Tax Manager. The roles sits in our Corporates performance group and works with the national IRI practice team.

Role and Responsibilities:

This Manager level role is for a Patent Box specialist to work with the team to accelerate the growth of our Corporate clients business. You will be required to use your knowledge and experience to help our clients in making Patent Box, as well as R&D Tax relief claims.

The Patent Box provides an incentive to innovative UK businesses developing and commercialising patented technologies. The team works with businesses from almost every sector of the economy to identify how they qualify for the Patent Box regime, and quantify and obtain the benefit for them, as well as working with clients to best leverage the R&D regime and ensure that their approach to innovation incentives is aligned with their innovation strategies and operating models..

You will also be required to:

• Work with the engagement team to confirm Patent Box qualification, develop claim methodologies and prepare Patent Box (and R&D tax relief) claims for submission to HMRC
Manage overall client engagement, including liaison with KPMG and client staff
Work with HMRC specialists to facilitate the agreement of Patent Box (and R&D) claims
Prepare tax technical advice and advise client tax/finance/legal staff on the application of the Patent Box (and R&D) legislation and extract the financial information to prepare the claims
• Work with the KPMG technical specialists to ensure that eligible R&D tax expenditure and Patent Box profit is correctly identified.
• Work with KPMG tax specialists from e.g. transfer pricing, value chain management and legal to ensure clients’ approach to innovation incentives is aligned with their innovation strategies and operating models.
• Manage engagements including team, budgets, finances and risks.
Build an internal network within the wider tax practice of the firm
Help to establish and maintain strong client relationships with both existing and new clients
Lead in progressing business development opportunities and to pitch for work with both new and existing clients.


Skills and Qualifications:
CTA / ACA / ACCA qualified (or equivalent).
Prior Corporate Tax experience
Possess a detailed working knowledge of the Patent Box legislation and experience preparing Patent Box calculations.
Must be able to demonstrate an ability to explain complex technical tax concepts and have experience of preparing and providing high quality tax technical advice to clients
Must be capable of producing documentation to a high level of quality for submission to HMRC
Must be able to demonstrate project management skills and an ability to manage own workload well


Service Line Information
The Claims and Incentives team are part of our wider Corporate Tax department. They help our clients to secure cash tax savings through government sponsored tax reliefs and incentives. The team is made up of Fixed Asset Tax Services (“FATS”) and Innovation Reliefs & Incentives (“IRI”) and supports clients who incur expenditure on fixed assets and carry out innovative activities. The FATS team is made up of tax advisers, accountants and surveyors and reviews fixed asset costs such as expenditure incurred on the construction of property to enhance and accelerate the available tax relief wherever possible. They also help clients on their processes to capture data in relation to fixed assets and have developed technology tools to assist with this process.
Within IRI staff work with clients to help them claim tax incentives for innovation. The IRI team works with companies of all sizes from almost every sector of the economy to help them obtain R&D, Patent Box and Creative Sector incentives, as well as grants to support innovation. The team consists of staff with a wide variety of skill sets all working together, from technical specialists including scientists, engineers and IT experts to fully qualified accountants and tax advisers. The teams are spread over the UK to best meet our clients’ needs and the national team all work together as one unit.


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