Trust Tax Assistant

AJ Chambers
Guildford, Surrey
13 Oct 2020
12 Nov 2020
Job Role
Accountant, Tax

Trust Assistant

The firm, a Top 10 practice, has provided tailored financial and professional services to private clients and their business interests for over a century. They serve clients including individuals, families, entrepreneurs, charities, trustees, professional advisers and businesses from multiple offices in the UK.

The Guildford office provides a range of services: to private clients, medium sized companies typically owner managed or family owned business, HNWIs/UHNWIs, non-doms and family offices.

Purpose of role:

Assist with the compliance, trust accounting and annual administration process for a client allocation and deal with technical and administrative issues. 

Key responsibilities:

Client Work:  

  • Prepare trust tax returns and trust accounts
  • Prepare IHT returns/calculations
  • Manage HMRC enquiries
  • Responsibility for compliance work on clients
  • Monitor time limits and elections for compliance portfolio
  • Draft or review HMRC correspondence
  • Prepare technical research
  • Contribute at client meetings
  • Responsible for billing and monitoring budgets

Training & Development:

  • Study towards a further professional qualification (not essential)
  • Maintain technical knowledge
  • Attend internal training sessions


  • Ensure relevant client deadlines are met
  • Ensure Smith & Williamson procedures are adhered to
  • Dealing with some departmental administrative tasks

Key Competencies:

  • Planning and Organising: must be able to plan workload in order to prioritise work to meet conflicting deadlines and cope with pressure.
  • Written and verbal communication: good written communication skills are necessary to draft correspondence with clients and HMRC to explain technical issues in an easily understandable manner. Must have good inter-personal skills to be able to liaise with clients and other staff members.
  • Customer Focus: meeting deadlines and responding to client needs.

Candidate Profile

  • ATT or AAT qualified
  • Private client/ trust tax experience

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