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Tax Trainee - Farnham

Shaw Gibbs is a Top 50 accountancy practice who provide expert solutions for entrepreneurial businesses and private individuals in Central and Southern England. Shaw Gibbs invest in their teams of high-quality specialists who work with the best-in-breed technology to create value for our clients which exceeds expectations. 

Our culture is very important to us and is based on our company values of expert, respectful, innovative and collaborative. We develop high performing teams diverse in experiences, backgrounds, and ideas. As a growing company, there are plenty of opportunities for development and quick progression. Our practice is known for having a friendly and supportive team culture where everyone receives training and development to increase their technical knowledge and their commercial and management skills. We put our people first and are constantly looking for ways to improve our people experience.  With respectful as one of our values, we are committed to creating an inclusive culture that respects, values and celebrates cultural and individual differences.  We recognise that our people celebrate different holidays and key dates throughout the year which is why last year, we introduced Flexible Bank Holidays. Our people can take public holidays on the dates most meaningful to them. 

We have several offices in Central and Southern England and have ambitious plans to expand our business. To support the organisation’s growth, we have created a new opportunity for an Tax Trainee to join our Farnham compliance team. This position also includes a comprehensive induction and full funding to pursue professional qualifications.  This is a great opportunity for someone looking to start a career in tax.

The Role

You will support the tax team whilst developing a sound knowledge of personal and business taxation and work management skills.  You will be provided with plenty of on the job training along with a study package to take the ATT qualification if you are interested in a long-term career in personal tax. Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Building productive working relationships within Shaw Gibbs and with clients as required
  • Developing and applying your technical knowledge through on the job training and formal qualifications
  • Maintaining client confidentiality and data security at all times
  • Assisting in the preparation of basic personal tax computations and returns using software and liaising with clients to obtain all the necessary information
  • Assisting with various tax compliance projects
  • Drafting income and expenditure accounts and rental accounts for review
  • Liaising with HM Revenue & Customs on personal tax matters on behalf of clients
  • Drafting client letters and emails
  • Keeping clients up to date with progress on their tax compliance, advising them of deadlines and payment amounts
  • Supporting the team with admin tasks

What we can offer you

  • Full funding and support to study the ATT qualification, including study leave, time off for exams and the opportunity to be trained on cloud-based tax software.  Further qualifications after the ATT will also be available.
  • Hybrid and flexible working
  • A varied role in a talented and experienced team
  • Joining a company with an exciting growth plan ahead
  • Plenty of opportunities to increase your technical knowledge and skills
  • Exposure to a wide range of clients across many industry sectors
  • An experienced manager to support your development and provide day to day guidance 
  • A comprehensive induction and buddy to help you get up to speed in your first few months
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including pension, life assurance, health cash plan, retail discount scheme, electric vehicles salary sacrifice, cycle to work, hybrid and flexible working
  • Generous core holiday allowance plus holiday trading, flexible bank holidays, and additional holiday with service
  • Wellbeing programme with regular events and activities focused on your physical and mental wellbeing.  We also offer all employees a Wellbeing Day each year – a day dedicated to boosting your wellbeing

What you will need to succeed

We would like to hear from you if you are a quick learner and can tick all of the below:

  • Educated to A-Level (or equivalent) or higher e.g. degree
  • If you are a school leaver – you must have a minimum of 3 A Levels at grades B, B, C
  • You must have GCSEs in Maths and English at grade 5 or above
  • Fluent in English (verbal and written) with strong communication skills
  • Strong IT skills, specifically Excel and able to pick up new IT packages very quickly
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • A positive, confident and proactive attitude
  • Able to prioritise and meet tight timeframes with high quality output
  • Enjoy working as part of a team and self-motivated
  • Willingness to undertake and succeed in a range of professional studies
  • Relevant work experience would be great but not essential

How to Apply

To apply for this vacancy, please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this vacancy to

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Additional Information

We believe that diversity makes Shaw Gibbs a stronger firm and we look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to Shaw Gibbs’ goals, without regard to their sex, gender, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

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