Tax Specialist
Bogota, Colombia, Americas
hace 2 días

About this role

Key Purpose of the Role :

The role will be a key part of the LatAm Finance team, primarily managing all of BT’s tax compliance in the Andean region (Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela).

The role with all provide support for some Central America countries including Costa Rica, Barbados, Honduras, El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago.

The compliance obligations include all direct taxes, indirect taxes and in some territories employment taxes. This role will include managing the preparation of internally and externally produced tax returns and driving process efficiencies.

The role will be to develop a strong working relationship with finance and commercial teams across the region with the aim of optimising the tax efficiency of business decisions in the Andean Region.

The role will report to the LatAm Tax Manager.

The candidate should be capable of becoming a key player in the business and support to the LatAm Tax Manager on tax issues outside of Andean / CA region on an as needed basis.

You'll have the following responsibilities

Key Responsibilities :

This individual will be responsible for the following key tasks :


  • Developing Andean’s accounting control environment to improve the quality of finance processes that support tax compliance obligations, including documented procedures, standard processes, use of the GFSS team and reconciliation of group reporting to local statutory accounts.
  • Provide support to Global bid teams on tax aspects of bids.
  • Working with Group Tax to inform and implement :
  • a. Transfer pricing strategy / policies affecting direct and indirect taxes

    b. Direct and indirect and employment tax policies as needed

    c. Build quality of external reporting under IAS 12, including tax risk reporting

  • Working with the LatAm Tax Manager to assist in development of the Andean tax agenda, identifying opportunities and managing risks.
  • To provide expert direct / indirect tax advice to the Andean business and BT partner organizations and make recommendations following negotiations with tax authorities on technical liability, compliance and operational tax matters across a wide range of subjects including product liability, property, international trading, mergers and acquisitions.
  • Responding to day to day enquiries in respect of all aspects of tax both orally and in writing, and issuing accounting instructions and guidance where appropriate.
  • Minimise Andean tax costs, both in terms of taxes paid and also external costs of compliance.
  • Manage direct and indirect tax compliance, tax payments, filing and tax accounting.
  • Providing support to LatAm Finance in preparation of financial statements.
  • Communication of tax ideas and concepts to the business community, and proactive involvement in the business to ensure that the business understand and complies with tax protocols.
  • Minimise transfer pricing risk by working with colleagues in Group Tax and external advisers to obtain suitable comparables and documentation of our transfer pricing processes.
  • Manage internal transactions, seeking to ensure that assets are owned in the correct entities, intercompany agreements are in place, and charges are raised in accordance with these.
  • Ensure proper and effective handling of all tax audits such that they are satisfactorily resolved, and that tax exposures are appropriately calculated and provisioned for.
  • Providing tax support to sales / accounts teams on bids and new contracts, ensuring mitigation of taxes from cost / pricing perspectives, and that any internal tax costs that do arise are factored into our prices.
  • Provide support and advice regarding the structuring of acquisitions and disposals, drafting of agreements and related matters, and eventual implementation.
  • Assist with company rationalisations, including the business integration and elimination of surplus entities.
  • Customer contracts Advice on structuring transactions to avoid Permanent Establishment issues and minimise the tax costs, particularly irrecoverable VAT and withholding taxes.
  • Drafting of wording relating to tax matters and negotiating tax clauses with the customer

    Indirect taxes (Andean Regional)

  • Provide advice on the indirect / GST / VAT requirements for new billing and accounting systems in conjunction with BT Revenue Assurance teams and BT Operate and Design.
  • Point of contact for other indirect taxes (.E.g. Stamp taxes, property taxes, environmental taxes etc).
  • Provision of technical tax support to project teams as directed LatAm Tax Manager.
  • To support the LatAm Tax Manager in managing overseas VAT and sales tax matters.
  • Minimisation of the country’s indirect tax costs, both in terms of taxes paid and also external costs of compliance.
  • Manage country indirect tax compliance, tax payments, filing and tax accounting.
  • Investigation, validation and payment of VAT assessments issued by tax authorities. Negotiation with same for assessment reductions / withdrawals as necessary.
  • Compilation and submission of Voluntary Disclosures to tax authorities.
  • Identify VAT planning opportunities and implement these within lines of business.
  • Implementing local in-country tax control frameworks as part of the global tax control framework.
  • Communication of tax ideas and concepts to the business community, and proactive involvement in the business to ensure that the business understand and complies with tax protocols.
  • Winning new business Provide assistance to bid and sales teams to ensure that new business is structured in a tax efficient manner as part of the winning new business process to providing enduring benefits to BT and its customers and suppliers.
  • Intercompany Agreements working with colleagues in Group Tax BT to agree the appropriate inter-company trading models with the business.
  • Internal Transactions seeking to ensure that assets are owned in the correct entities, and charges are raised in accordance with the Intercompany Agreements.
  • Providing analysis and advice on the impact of new VAT legislation and rulings from European tax authorities and courts.

    To advise on the implementation of such rulings and legislation.

    You'll have the following skills & experience

    Principal Working Relationship (internal / external customers and suppliers)

    Customers : External : tax authorities; professional advisors

    Internal : Andean staff; other LatAm Finance teams, Commercial Teams; Group Tax

    Suppliers : External : professional advisors; government staff

    Internal : Andean staff; other LatAm Finance teams, Commercial Teams; Group Tax

    Person Specification

    Essential Skills & Experience (Key competencies)

    Experience :

  • Experience and exposure to the cross border tax issues inherent in a multinational business.
  • Track record of successful integrating within a business environment to provide commercially focussed tax advice.
  • Andean Regional telecommunications tax experience and willingness to travel occasionally within the region and further as necessary
  • Skills

  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills with capacity to explain complex tax concepts in an accessible and business like manner.
  • Energetic and resilient.
  • Ability to manage external advisors.
  • Ability to deal with tax authorities in the region.
  • Recognised university degree.
  • Professionally qualified accountant; ideally with a Big 4 tax training.
  • Commercially focussed with the ability to construct workable solutions to business situations.
  • Pragmatic and self-motivated with an ability to operate effectively within a working relationship with finance and sales personnel based on trust and successful delivery.
  • Ambitious with a passion to contribute effectively to the business.
  • Strategic mindset with the ability to form and build relationships with senior executives across the businesses.
  • Language Requirements

  • Excellent verbal and written English language skills
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