Vincent McCullagh VATGrant Thornton UK LLP has strengthened its tax offering with the appointment of Vinny McCullagh as partner.

Vinny joins the firm’s growing London tax business with nearly 20 years’ experience. He specialises in providing expert indirect tax advice and is a recognised figure in the tax environment having been nominated by International Tax Review as one of the UK’s leading indirect tax advisers for the past two years.

Vinny will be focusing on strengthening the firms VAT offering in the real estate and financial services sectors, and leading on the development of VAT automation.

Commenting on his appointment Vinny McCullagh said: “I am excited to be joining Grant Thornton’s tax team. This is a period of seminal change in the indirect tax world, both at a macro–economic and regulatory level. There are a number of factors that have the potential to alter the current landscape, including Brexit and the introduction of VAT regimes in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Combine these with the on-going shift from direct to indirect taxation and we can see why indirect tax is becoming the fundamental tax issue for our clients. Grant Thornton’s team of experts are in the perfect position to offer unique insights and expertise in order to support both UK and global businesses through these changes, and I am looking forward to working with them.”

Clive Fathers, Head of London Tax at Grant Thornton commented: “We are thrilled to welcome Vinny to the firm. Technology is starting to become a major disruptor in the tax arena and Vinny’s extensive experience will be invaluable in leading the firm’s VAT offering in this area. By identifying these key growth areas and continuing to invest in our people, through external hires and promoting our own internal talent, we can look to build on our on-going growth.

“At Grant Thornton we are dedicated to attracting, nurturing and retaining the very best talent and within the past twelve months we have promoted a record number of people to senior manager and director level. This creates a working environment in which our people feel trusted and supported in their professional development and feel motivated to perform at their best. We will continue to seek to attract the very best talent to complement our existing team of experts to help fulfil our long term growth ambitions.”

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VAT Partner Jobs in CardiffGareth Pritchard has been promoted to tax partner at Deloitte UK.

Mr Pritchard is an indirect tax specialist and leads the Deloitte Indirect Tax practice in the South West & Wales, the Firm’s national manufacturing industry group, the EMEA Indirect Tax Aerospace & Defence industry team as well as the UK Law Firm VAT advisory practice.

His role will involve managing a team of 18 indirect tax specialists.

Mr Pritchard trained with PwC before joining Deloitte in June 2005. He is a Chartered Tax Advisor.

Candice BordeauxCandice Bordeaux, formerly Country Manager at Wolters Kluwer has launched CBO Search, a specialist executive search firm for the Indirect Tax & Tax Technology markets.

Candice has worked in Indirect Tax and Tax Technology for over a decade, holding senior roles for Indirect Tax consultancies, boutique firms and large software firms. Her focus was on uncovering marketable business opportunities and achieving successful products or services implementation by working closely with delivery teams and clients from the FTSE 250 and equivalent listed firms across Europe

Commenting on her new business Candice said, “The Indirect Tax & Tax Technology industry is booming across Europe, we hear about new jobs such as Taxologist or Tax Technologist, I am excited to contribute positively to our industry transformation.”

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GSK hires Gordon Randall as Global Head of VAT

On September 28, 2015, in GSK, KPMG, by Chris Bale

GSK tax jobsGordon Randall has joined GSK this month as their Global Head of VAT. Gordon will be based from the Head Office at Brentford in the UK.

Gordon was formerly a director in KPMG’s UK indirect tax practice, he has over 16 years’ experience providing VAT advisory services to a broad range of international clients, across most sectors.

His role typically involved helping design strategies, policies and processes in order to manage risk and realise VAT savings and operational efficiencies. This included both absolute indirect savings (P&L) as well as cash-flow saving through detailed understanding of the Purchase to Pay and Order to Cash cycles and the impact indirect tax can have on working capital.

He was also part of KPMG’s tax efficient supply chain management (‘TESCM’) practice, a multi-disciplinary team consisting of tax and advisory specialists who focus on helping business consider business transformation projects in both a commercial and tax efficient manner.

Gordon left KPMG in March 2015 to enjoy a career break for 6 months, so he joins GSK fully refreshed ! Hat tip: BLT

tax leadership jobsKPMG has appointed Karen Witton as the South Region Chair with effect from October 1. She succeeds Phil Cotton.

Karen has worked at KPMG for over 10 years and was promoted to vat partner in 2011. She currently leads the UK VAT compliance team and leads all VAT services in the South. In her new role she will steer KPMG’s 1,000 strong team across 5 offices: Bristol, Reading, Plymouth, Southampton and Cardiff.

Karen commented: “Under Phil Cotton’s chairmanship, KPMG in the South has enjoyed rapid growth and I’m looking forward to working closely with colleagues in all five of our regional offices to ensure that we build on this impressive progress.”

Indirect Tax Jobs in WashingtonErnst & Young LLP announced today that Executive Director of the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) Joe Huddleston has joined as an Executive Director in the firm’s National Indirect Tax group.

“Joe’s broad range of high-level government experience, coupled with his work on high-profile commercial business transactions, will be especially valuable to clients with US state tax controversy matters as well as the entire government services sector,” said Jeffrey Saviano, Director of Indirect & State and Local Tax Services, Ernst & Young LLP.

Huddleston served as Executive Director of the Multistate Tax Commission for 10 years. In that role, he interacted regularly with the commissioner of revenue for almost every state to coordinate and administer programs such as the MTC’s audit and voluntary disclosure programs. During his tenure, Huddleston led a number of uniform law initiatives and recently introduced a significant transfer pricing program that has the potential to transform state corporate income tax audits. Before joining the MTC in 2005, he was a national state and local tax partner at Grant Thornton. He has also served as the Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Revenue and as CFO for the Metropolitan Government of the City of Nashville and Davidson County.

In 2012, Huddleston received the award for Outstanding Achievement in State and Local Taxation from New York University. He was named by Tax Analysts as one of the top 10 individuals who influence state tax policy and practice in 2011. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Political Science, earned his J.D. from the Nashville School of Law, and was awarded the Doctor of Laws degree from the University of South Carolina.

He is a nationally recognized speaker, a founding trustee of multiple tax forums and serves on various advisory boards for state and local tax issues. Huddleston is based in EY’s Washington, DC office.

Ernst & Young LLP announced today that former Counsel Multistate Tax Affairs at the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), Carl Joseph, joined the firm as a principal in the Indirect and State and Local Tax practice.

“Carl’s deep experience and vast tax knowledge will make him an invaluable resource to our team and in assisting our clients, particularly with tax controversy and multistate tax issues,” said Jeff Saviano, principal, Ernst & Young LLP, and leader of the Indirect, and State and Local Tax practices.

At the FTB, Joseph was responsible for coordinating multistate tax policy issues, authored legal rulings and regulations concerning multistate tax law, and represented the FTB in significant multistate appeals before the Board of Equalization and in trial and appellate court proceedings.

Joseph joined the FTB in 1997 as a staff attorney in the Multistate Tax Law Bureau of the Legal Division where he worked in all facets of multistate taxation, including unitary business theory, apportionment, combined reporting and water’s edge combination. He was promoted to Assistant Chief Counsel in 2009, and was appointed Counsel—Multistate Tax Affairs in 2012. He has authored regulations concerning multistate tax law, including Regulation 25137(c)(1)(A) addressing the sales factor treatment of occasional sales, and Regulation 25137-14 addressing the apportionment rules for mutual fund service providers. Joseph has provided technical and drafting expertise to the state legislature on multistate tax issues and has testified on matters of tax policy.

He earned a BA in economics from University of California and a JD from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Caterpillar tax jobsAbhishek Shah has joined the global tax team at Caterpillar, as VAT/GST Lead for the Asia Pacific region.

He has relocated back to Singapore, where he had earlier worked for the Accenture Global Tax Team, to join the Tax & Trade team of Caterpillar, taking over the role of Asia Pacific VAT/GST lead.

Abhishek joins at a time when the region is witnessing fundamental indirect tax changes at the moment:  Malaysia will introduce GST next year and China is gradually replacing a Business Tax regime with a Value Added Tax. India is likely to follow soon with the new progressive government taking charge.

Caterpillar has been growing rapidly in the region and having experienced resources in-house suits the organisation tax strategy. Abhishek will report into Colin Ager, who is the global head of indirect taxes and a veteran at Caterpillar. Abhishek’s role will supplement the business initiatives of the company from a tax risk perspective and put in place control mechanisms to ensure that the tax compliance is managed well.

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