Tax Accountant, Conseiller fiscal, Pointe-Noire, Puma Energy

Tax Accountant, Conseiller fiscal, Pointe-Noire, Puma Energy

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Main Purpose:

Effectively manage tax matters of the Congo operation in line with the tax framework (processes, policies, procedures, etc.) defined by the Global & Regional Head of Tax

Knowledge Skills and Abilities, Key Responsibilities:

Tax working capital – Cash flow and cost management

Implement & integrate in tax control processes, tax cash flow system on all within tax scope receivables & payables.

Work with & provide guidance to local finance team to achieve material reduction of mainly indirect & direct tax receivables.

Pre-actively monitor and follow up with local tax authorities (and consultant, where relevant) to push for full recovery of all submitted tax refund claims.

Provide monthly feedback report explaining all material indirect tax movements in the tax balances for the Congo entity.

Tax Reporting and Compliance (direct and indirect taxes)

Ensure correct monthly accounting of VAT & other taxes in local accounts (including tax provisions, WHT, petroleum tax levies, etc) in Congo and provide feedback on the necessary reconciliations.Liaise with local finance team every month end to accurately review the monthly tax computations & ensure HFM validation as per agreed deadline in respect of monthly tax reporting of the Congo operation.

Ensure accurate and timely filing of CIT returns for the Congo operations.

Ensure accurate and timely filing of VAT/Sales tax returns for the Congo operations.

Ensure accurate and timely filing of other local tax returns for the Congo operations.

Tax audits and legal tax proceedings

Coordinate and follow up in consultation with regional/group tax until the close of the current & planned tax audits and investigations with the tax authorities and provide monthly feedback to regional/group tax on the progress.

Take accountability for any follow up with the tax authorities in order to clear any query prior or during the tax audit process – this includes monthly review of the statement of account for the entity with the authorities and reconciling their tax receivables/payable status with the entity’ books.

Ensure all financial & tax information for the Congo entity are saved in shared directory and available for reproduction if required by the tax authorities.

Tax planning & Tax risk management

Keep abreast with new tax developments in Congo, particularly the direct/indirect tax changes impacting Puma downstream business in-country.

Ensure professional & productive working relationship with the tax administration of Congo.

Accurately follow up with the local finance team on an annual basis to ensure the review & completion of the entity’s tax meeting checklist form and monthly status review of the tax risk register for the local entity.


Education & Experience:

Degree in Tax/Accounting/Law

At least 3-5 years’ experience in Tax, preferably within a big “4” accounting firm or the tax audit division of the tax administration.

Good knowledge of mid & downstream oil & gas’ indirect taxes in Congo would be an advantage

Skills & competencies:

High potential profile

Team player with ability to deal effectively with non-tax people

Good verbal and written communication skills with the ability to articulate complex information

Exposure to working in a large taxpayer office of a tax administration and having a good acumen for business

Can work independently with strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail.

Proficiency in French language & Good command of English is a requirement.

Key Relationships and Department Overview:

Internal –, Regional Tax Team, Local FM, Regional CFO and Finance team

External –, Auditors, tax/legal advisers & tax authorities

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