Indirect Tax Specialist

HM Revenue and Customs

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 5th December 2023



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£42,618 - £45,831
A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CCG - Fraud Investigation Service

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking, Job share, Part-time

Number of jobs available



Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Gartcosh, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Salford

Job summary

HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) is responsible for the department’s civil and criminal investigations. FIS ensures that HMRC has an effective approach to tackling the most serious tax evasion and fraud. FIS is home to a wide range of people with a variety of skills and professional backgrounds – including accountants, cybercrime specialists, criminal justice professionals, tax professionals and operational delivery support teams to name but a few. We use a range of powers and approaches to protect funding for UK public services, investigating the most harmful tax cheats and ensuring nobody is beyond our reach.   
The Economic Crime (EC) deputy directorate forms an integral part of the HMRC Serious Fraud Strategy. Working closely across the department and the wider Law Enforcement community, using specialist expertise and modern technology we put illicit finance at the centre of operations. Our teams tackle the financial aspects of cases that will ultimately deter, disrupt and remove assets from tax fraudsters.  

The Economic Crime Strategy VAT resource is a fast paced, proactive working environment, with strategic focus on disrupting serious tax fraud and consequent illicit financial flows. We use the wide range of powers available in civil, taxes and insolvency legislation, supporting operational teams to recover unlawfully obtained finances and assets through implementation of innovative enforcement and recovery strategies.  Our work involves providing specialist technical support to the full range of HMRC compliance interventions from pre-repayment checks and civil investigations, through targeted insolvency action, and Proceeds of Crime Act seizures, to criminal prosecutions. 

See what it’s like to work at HMRC: find out more about us or ask our colleagues a question. Questions relating to an individual application must be emailed as detailed later in this advert.

Job description

The successful candidate will be working in a team employing imaginative methods & taking a vigorous approach, using all applicable taxation powers to tax profits or gains from illegal activity. They will be providing high quality technical and operational input to a variety of civil and criminal cases aimed at disrupting fraudulent activity and targeting the recovery of criminal assets. 

This can be a wide-ranging role: one day they might be being cross-examined in Crown Court about calculations they’ve completed in support of a criminal case; the next they might be scrutinising a VAT repayment claim for evidence of fraud, or taking counsel through the legislation and evidence which supports the raising of a VAT assessment against a seriously Non-Compliant trader, as part of a targeted civil recovery strategy.

Person specification

Key Responsibilities

Acting as allocated Indirect Tax lead on significant civil and criminal cases - providing technical advice to colleagues on risks, using knowledge, judgement and experience to make sound recommendations on complex/contentious issues taking ownership for the progression of the VAT/Indirect side of the case, up to and including making assessments, and preparing statements to support them in court and/or Tribunal, and supporting recovery and enforcement strategies for liabilities established.  Such cases may include, but are not limited to, Supply Chain and Organised Labour Fraud (OLF) cases.

Play a leading role in developing a clear understanding of themes, identifying risks and emerging trends to inform the overall picture of VAT and other Indirect Tax risk in the Economic Crime customer base.

Contribute to the development and delivery of up-to-date technical training and guidance for Indirect Tax in conjunction with product and process owners and other stakeholders - supporting and coach colleagues across FIS EC, FIS and the wider HMRC, by taking a senior role within Economic Crime, including mentoring other Investigators and trainees & sharing expertise.

Liaising with other LEAs (primarily police), promoting the use of civil tax interventions, providing advice & support on indirect tax (predominantly VAT related) issues. Advising as to whether case is suitable for civil or criminal intervention.

Essential Criteria:

  • Applicants must be fully VAT trained - eg VAT Routeway/VAT Foundation Training/Basic VAT Training or equivalent or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and understanding gained through experience.
  • Applicants must have comprehensive recent experience of working in a VAT compliance role (excluding training periods), where that has involved carrying out face-to-face compliance interventions (eg full VAT assurance visits, criminal investigations) into Non-Compliant customers.
  • Applicants must display confidence and ability to rapidly make VAT assessments, in line with statutory requirements, on basis of limited evidence, as part of a fast-paced (and rapidly changing) investigatory environment.
  • Applicants must have a knowledge and understanding of, and experience of the practical application of, VAT legislation.
  • Applicants must hold Security Clearance at the “Security Check” (SC) level or be able to obtain it on taking up the post.

Desirable criteria:

  • Up-to-date knowledge of current VAT case-working practices and systems.
  • Experience of working on involved VAT casework or issues.
  • Knowledge of a non-VAT Indirect Tax regime.
  • Knowledge and experience of POCA and non-POCA based civil recovery techniques, including insolvency proceedings and/or debt recovery and enforcement. 

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Technical Knowledge and application of VAT law in accordance with Level 3 of “Application of Tax Knowledge” in the Tax Competency Framework.
Alongside your salary of £42,618, HM Revenue and Customs contributes £11,507 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Find more about HMRC benefits in 'Your little extras and big benefits handbook' for further information or visit Thinking of joining the Civil Service.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

Personal Statement   

You will be asked to provide a Personal Statement up to 750 words. You must demonstrate how you meet the Essential Criteria, (and any Desirable criteria where relevant) and what you and your experience can bring to the role. The Personal Statement will be scored at the sift stage. 


As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide a CV, which should detail relevant employment history (up to your last five roles (or last five years, if more than five roles have been held In this time) and your qualifications.  

The word limit for the free text box of the CV section is 500 words. Any information provided over this limit will not be considered and your application may be rejected if you exceed the word count as specified. The CV will be scored.

Please note, either a combination of the CV and the Personal Statement, or either one, must clearly demonstrate that you meet all of the essential criteria.  If, in the opinion of the Sifting Panel neither demonstrates that the Essential criteria are met, both will be allocated a score of “1”, and no further consideration will be given to the application. 

The Sift 

The Sift will assess the experience demonstrated in the Personal Statement and CV (which between them should confirm that the candidate has the required experience and technical abilities for the role).

Candidates successful at sift, will be invited to the Interview stage. 

The Interview 

This will be a blended interview, conducted over Teams consisting of three elements:  

  • A technical question (or questions) to assess the candidates understanding of the technical aspects of VAT law. You will be tested on your Technical Knowledge and application of  VAT law  in accordance with Level 3 of “Application of Tax Knowledge” in the Tax Competency Framework ( see attached document). 
  • A twenty minute presentation based on a hypothetical scenario which will be provided to candidates at least a (calendar) week in advance of their interview (subject to interview dates being confirmed in sufficient time to allow this).  The interview panel will assess the experience and technical skills of the candidate, and the extent to which they meet the essential and desirable criteria of the role on the basis of this presentation – it should therefore seek to demonstrate these qualities, and the candidate’s understanding of the role.  The panel may ask follow up questions to clarify their understanding, or draw out features of interest in the presentation.  There are no specific format requirements for the presentation, as long as it is deliverable via Teams. 
  • Strength based questions.    

Having considered all elements of the performance at interview, including the scores of the individual elements, a decision will be made on the basis of the panel’s opinion of the overall suitability of the candidate for the role in question. 

We reserve the right to raise the pass score required at any stage of the process in order to manage the vacancy. 

Interview dates to be confirmed.

It is hoped that a sift will be carried out within 21 days of the closing date, and that an interview, if required, will be carried out within 21 days of the sift results.  However, these timetables may be subject to change depending on panel and candidate availability, and taking account of the festive and New Year periods.

A reserve list may be held for a period of up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made for the same or similar roles – if this applies to you, we’ll let you know via your Civil Service Jobs account.

The successful candidate will be appointed in strict merit order regardless of location.


To check that you are eligible to apply, review this eligibility information

Important information for existing HMRC contractual homeworkers:

This role may be suitable for existing HMRC employees who are contractual homeworkers. Occasional attendance to the office will be required where there is a business need, so please review the advertised office locations for this role when applying and only select locations from the ‘location preferences’ section that you are able to travel to.  

Reasonable Adjustments 

We want to make sure no one is put at a disadvantage during our recruitment process because of a disability, condition, or impairment. To assist you with this, we will reduce or remove any barriers where possible and provide additional support where appropriate. 

If you need a reasonable adjustment or a change to be made so that you can make your application, review this information on reasonable adjustments, and contact as soon as possible.

Diversity and Inclusion

At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues and creating an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role. We’re committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues here at HMRC. We want everyone to feel valued and supported to achieve their potential at HMRC.

For more information on how we make this happen, review this information on our culture and values

Applications received from candidates with a criminal record are considered fairly in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice and the Recruitment of ex-offenders Policy.

We welcome applications from those who need to work a more flexible arrangement and will agree to requests where possible after considering operational and customer service needs. We can’t guarantee that we can meet all requests to work flexibly, as agreement will be subject to business ability to accommodate, and any request to work a more flexible arrangement should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.

Customer facing roles in HMRC require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement, this will be tested as part of the selection process. 

The Civil Service runs a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy. 


HMRC has a presence in every region of the UK. For more information on where you might be working, review this information on our locations.

Security Update

For more information on the level of security checks we will carry out, review this information on security checks 

Additional Security Information

Please note: in addition to the standard pre-employment checks for appointment into the Civil Service, all candidates must also obtain National Security Vetting at Security Check (SC) clearance level for this vacancy. You will normally need to meet the minimum UK residency period as determined by the level of vetting being undertaken, which for SC is 5 years UK residency prior to your vetting application. If you have any questions about this residency requirement, please speak to the vacancy holder for this post.

Further Information

The Civil Service values honesty and integrity and expects all candidates to abide by these principles. The evidence you provide in your application must relate to your own experiences.

Any instances of plagiarism or other forms of cheating will be investigated and, if proven, the relevant application/s will be withdrawn from the process. 

Duplicate applications for the same vacancy will also be withdrawn.

Transferring into HMRC from Civil Service If you are currently working for an ‘Other Government Department’ (OGD) and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Combined T&C and OGD Pay English”, found at the bottom of this advert. Further information on staff transfers can be found on

Problems during the application process 

If you experience accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section. 

If you think you’ve made a mistake on a short application form (e.g. you’ve ticked the incorrect eligibility box), please contact at least two working days before the vacancy closes. After this, we won’t be able to reopen your application.   

Please use the subject line to insert appropriate wording e.g. Please re-open my application - 320267 & vacancy closing date 05/12/2023. Please note that we cannot amend or re-open your application if you have submitted your full application in the interests of fair and open recruitment.

For reasonable adjustments queries or requests, please see details within reasonable adjustments section above.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
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Working for the Civil Service

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We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Gareth Marklew
  • Email :

Recruitment team

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Further information

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