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Corporate and Indirect Tax

Join us in an increasingly agile Tax world and build your career advising clients on complex rules and making informed decisions with significant impacts.

Working in Corporate and Indirect Tax as a Graduate

Sitting in our Corporate and Indirect Tax teams lie sub teams specialising in the many nuances of Tax advisory. These teams work across our UK offices so when applying to our Corporate and Indirect Tax programmes, be sure to read each office location job description as it will highlight which Corporate and Indirect Tax teams operate from your chosen location.

What is Corporate Tax?
In a nutshell you’ll tackle a broad range of work that could include multinational advisory projects, tax compliance and researching business issues that affect clients’ tax affairs - all while keeping pace with regular tax rules. The teams in this area are:

Corporate Tax Consulting – which helps organisations meet their tax obligations while managing the impact tax has on their businesses

Transfer Pricing – which helps organisations understand the pricing implications of goods and services between related parties

Private Business and Private Client – which advises growing companies, partnerships and wealthy individuals on their local and overseas tax affairs while acting as a strategic consultant on things like business analysis, managing working capital and profit-sharing for partners.

Deals Tax – we also have a specific Deals Tax team that work closely with our Deals practice and advise on the tax implications of Deals projects. Deals Tax covers three areas , namely: Business Recovery Services (BRS), Real Estate (RE) and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A).

Tax Reporting and Strategy - this specialist team helps businesses align their tax strategy with their wider business strategy, helping to accelerate the impact of technology in tax, unlock data insights and meet their domestic and global compliance and reporting obligations. 

What is Indirect Tax?
Indirect taxes are taxes borne by the end consumer. The most well known indirect tax is VAT which is charged on most supplies of goods and services, however our indirect tax team also advise clients on other indirect taxes including Insurance Premium tax, Stamp Duty, Climate Change Levy, Aggregates Levy, Soft Drinks Levy and Customs and Excise Duties.

Relationships with our clients are at the heart of everything we do, so understanding our client’s business and products and services is critical to ensuring that we’re able to advise them on the challenges they face.

As an example, our team advised a household goods manufacturer on the consequences of relocating some of its business to another country.

By understanding the client’s supply chain, our teams were able to quickly consult with fellow indirect tax practitioners across our international network to establish the indirect tax consequences of the proposed changes in each territory and help the client navigate the potential indirect tax implications. As a result of our work, the client was able to make effective business critical decisions about the true cost to them of changing their operations. 

The Corporate and Indirect Tax experience

As an Associate within Corporate Tax, you’d be responsible for :

  • Making sure the tax compliance process runs smoothly
  • Liaising with our overseas offices to coordinate projects
  • Researching business issues that will affect clients’ tax affairs
  • Providing tailored tax advice to your clients
  • Researching, planning and tailoring ideas to clients' needs
  • Meeting and building relationships with your clients 

Within Indirect Tax, some of your responsibilities would include:

  • Helping clients pay the right amount of tax and making sure they don’t overpay
  • Advising clients on the implications of changes to the indirect tax rules both in the UK and overseas
  • Collaborating with clients and colleagues across PwC both in the UK and our international member firms
  • Tackling special projects such as a business restructure or a merger or acquisition
  • Helping clients respond to HM Revenue and Customs enquiries and disputes
  • Making sure a client’s indirect tax reporting is accurate by working with them to introduce more efficient internal processes and controls
  • Working with clients to litigate disputes at the courts

Joining as a graduate

Most of our Tax teams will require you to study towards a professional qualification to build your business, personal and technical skills. For the majority of positions this will be the market leading ACA CTA joint qualification; the ACA being one of the most advanced learning and professional development programmes available, and CTA being the highest level tax qualification in the UK.

You’ll start your professional qualification almost immediately upon joining and within the first few months you’ll take your first set of exams. Studying can be tough but we'll be right behind you with full financial support and access to first-class tuition. Our innovative and market leading training programme enables individuals to learn in the most conducive way to suit your preferences and learning style. The approach is designed to offer flexibility in terms of what, when and how you study, allowing you to go at your own pace.

For most of our Tax programmes, you'll need to have or be on course for a 2.1 degree or above in any subject. However some of our specialist areas may have specific degree requirements.

Life in Corporate and Indirect Tax

Although you’ll initially be aligned to one part of our Tax practice, mobility and gaining a range of experiences is an important part of working in Tax. You’ll learn from different clients and develop your transferable skills by working with teams outside your core team. We encourage you to bring your own strengths and experiences to each team you work with, and deliver ideas and suggestions to encourage collaboration.

The Tax world is constantly evolving and PwC is at the forefront of many of these changes. So you’ll need to be open-minded, flexible and agile in dealing with change.

As a predominantly office based team, this gives us the opportunity to build vital colleague relationships and inclusive environments. Across our Tax practice we champion Feel Good Friday - an initiative to highlight some of our peoples achievements that week. We often have the most office stability across PwC teams, meaning we’ve a real focus on everyday flexibility and working in tandem with peoples’ out of work commitments. We pride ourselves on this team culture across every office and our social events are testament to this.

The future of Corporate and Indirect Tax

In Tax, the use of data analytics for both compliance and consulting will soon become the norm; tax professionals will also be data analysts. Information previously held in paper files can now be collected in seconds, freeing up our tax professionals to do strategic work by using this data in new ways. We’re now able to analyse entire data sets, as opposed to smaller samples, and make decisions quicker and with increased accuracy.

Over the next few years, we’ll fundamentally transform the way we go about tax compliance. This transformation will allow you, our future professionals, to focus more on the logic behind the data queries and fine tune your analytical skills. In turn enhancing your knowledge of technical tax, different client industries and business processes. It’s about working smarter, and using innovation and technology to make that happen.