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Tax Associate



Accounting & Finance
London, UK
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

About us

At GoCardless we believe bank payments are the best way to pay and get paid. We also believe that bank account data is a powerful tool to make better, faster decisions. We’re making it easy to use both- for businesses everywhere.

GoCardless is used for domestic and international payments by 85,000+ organisations and counting, processing more than $30 billion across 30 countries. We’re an award-winning London based fintech, with additional offices in Riga, Paris and Melbourne.

The team

The Finance team has been through a recent rapid expansion and continues to add expertise to support the growth of the business. The Head of Tax joined the business in July 2021, and the business is now looking to expand the tax team to assist with the financial and tax reporting requirements in the UK and internationally, as well as assist with ad hoc projects as the business expands into new Geographies, exploits new technology, and expands its product range.

The role

Reporting to the Head of Tax, your role will be varied across all main areas of tax (corporation tax, VAT, employment taxes), requiring you to manage various work streams and projects. Being a fast growing business, there will be ample opportunity for you to put your stamp on the role by developing systems and processes to manage the tax obligations of the group.

What excites you:

  • Assisting with managing the group’s global tax compliance, filing and payment obligations, providing financial information / analysis to external advisers and reviewing returns before they are submitted.
  • Helping manage the tax risk control framework, reviewing and testing tax risk controls and undertaking reconciliations to validate tax filings;
  • Providing tax support to other functions within the business, undertaking technical research, and applying tax rules in a practical context, where necessary building processes and controls e.g. from providing ad hoc advice and support to our People team on aspects of payroll taxes to advising and supporting our Engineering, Product and Legal teams on the tax implications of new products and any system developments required;
  • Managing US reporting obligations relevant to payment processors (1099K forms) including working with our Product Development team on any system developments, and collecting data to complete other 1099 series reporting;
  • Managing the tax components of our employee share incentive schemes;
  • Monitoring the application of US sales tax to our services provided in each US state;
  • Reviewing / advising on the application of the company’s transfer pricing policies e.g. impact on financial statements and tax returns, including preparing calculations to support transfer pricing adjustments.
  • Helping to prepare tax disclosures for the Group’s consolidated and entity level financial statements.
  • Monitoring adherence to Criminal Finance Act 2017 policies and procedures;
  • Reviewing indirect tax filings, systems and processes and where required devising and implementing changes to increase efficiency;
  • Preparing / documenting tax systems and process as part of preparing the business for any changes to its investor base, such as IPO;
  • Involvement in tax advisory projects including review of corporate structure, tax review of new lines of business, debt / equity funding, overseas expansion, M&A and integration planning, FATCA;
  • Management of relationships with external tax advisers and preparers;
  • Dealing with enquiries or questions from national tax authorities, investors or other stakeholders.

What excites us:

  • You will be CTA or ACA qualified (preferably with Big4, though not essential if you have FS experience), ideally with in-house practical tax experience, to at least Manager level;
  • You will have expertise in UK direct and indirect tax and practical knowledge of US tax at both Federal and State level. As the Group expands its US operations, the role will increasingly take on a US bias, therefore exposure to practical US tax compliance will be an advantage, including monitoring sales tax filing requirements;
  • You will have a working knowledge of payroll tax issues including the taxation of benefits and expenses, and you will have an awareness of tax risks associated with employee share incentive arrangements;
  • Comfortable with tax accounting and preparing tax disclosures for accounts;
  • You will be a self starter and able to tackle issues as they arise, prioritising and managing your own workload;
  • You will have a strong sense of ownership, and the drive required to develop the tax function, whilst still knowing your limitations and when to seek help / consult more widely;
  • You will have demonstrable experience of translating tax rules into practical, commercially focused advice including devising systems and processes, reviewing legal documentation, and suggesting ways in which to manage tax risk;
  • You will have a risk based approach and be pragmatic - you will be an excellent problem solver;
  • You will have proven skill in analysing processes with a goal of process simplification and improvement through automation/ system development;
  • You must be IT literate / confident and not feel intimidated by learning how to interrogate databases and accounting systems;
  • In addition to your technical expertise, you will be an excellent communicator, and able to explain complex concepts to non experts. You will be robust when required but collaborative in your approach

Bonus points for:

  • Experience in a fast-growing scaleup environment
  • Experience in fintech/payments
  • Experience of US tax reporting at a State level

We don’t expect you to meet every requirement. If you’re excited by this role, we encourage you to apply.

(some of) The good stuff

  • Wellbeing - stay healthy with dedicated support and medical cover
  • Work away scheme - you can apply to work away from your country of residence for up to 90 days in any 12 month period
  • Adaptive Working - allows you to work flexibly, around your lifestyle
  • Equity - all permanently employed GeeCees receive equity so we can share in the success we achieve together
  • Parental leave - to suit everyone embarking on life's great adventure
  • Time off - generous holiday allowance, + 3 annual volunteer days, + 4 annual business-wide wellness days (‘GC Fridays’)

Life at GoCardless

We're an organisation defined by our values; We start with why before we begin any project, to ensure it’s aligned with our mission. We make it happen, working with urgency and taking personal accountability for getting things done. We act with integrity, always. We care deeply about what we do and we know it's essential that we be humble whilst we do it. Our Values form part of the GoCardless DNA, and are used to not only help us nurture and develop our culture, but to deliver impactful work that will help us to achieve our vision.

Diversity & Inclusion

We’re building the bank payment network of the future and our ambition is to move money anywhere, for anything, for anyone. If we’re going to achieve this goal, we need to build a team of ‘GeeCee’s’ that is as wonderfully diverse as the world we live in - with a multitude of perspectives, experiences & backgrounds.

We’ve got a long way to go, but here’s how we’re doing as of June 2023;

42% identify as women

28% identify as Black, Asian, Mixed or Other

9% identify as LGBTQIA+

9% identify as neurodiverse

2% identify as disabled

We’re rooting for you during your application and GoCardless aims to provide reasonable adjustments to make our recruitment process as remarkable and accessible as we can. Please speak to your Talent Partner if you need extra support.

If you want to learn more, you can read about our Employee Resource Groups and objectives here as well as our latest D&I Report


We’re committed to reducing our impact on the environment, leaving a more sustainable world for future generations. In 2021 we became co-founders of the Tech Zero coalition, a group of businesses committed to taking climate action as part of the UNFCCC Race to Zero. We aim to reduce our impact and to create positive change on the natural world. Check out our sustainability action plan here.

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