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Assistant Tax Specialist

Business Unit:  Discovery Central Services
Function:  Tax
Date:  5 Jul 2024

Discovery – Group Tax

Assistant Tax Specialist


About Discovery

Discovery’s core purpose is to make people healthier and to enhance and protect their lives. We seek out and invest in exceptional individuals who understand and support our core purpose, and whose own values align with those of Discovery. Our fast-paced and dynamic environment enables smart, self-driven people to be their best. As global thought leaders, Discovery is passionate about innovating in order to not only achieve financial success, but to ignite positive and meaningful change within our society.


About Group Tax

The Group Tax Department is responsible for the Tax Strategy of Discovery. This encompasses the following functions:

  • Responsible for tax planning, compliance, reporting throughout the group
  • Provides technical advice to business to ensure compliance with existing and new legislation
  • Responsible for tax calculations, tax return submissions,  tax accounting and reporting
  • Engaging with and managing relationships with SARS


Job Purpose

The successful candidate will be required to assist in meeting the tax compliance requirements for international tax and Income tax compliance and reporting for companies within the group.


Areas of responsibility may include but not limited to

  • Assist in researching international tax consequences and application of double tax agreements for various business transactions in order to ensure compliance with the Income Tax Act, Tax Administration Act and OECD guidelines
  • Assist in the monthly monitoring of international tax transactions for the Group
  • Assist in the preparation of transfer pricing documentation including the Group master file and subsidiary local files
  • Assist in the preparation of Country by Country Reporting submissions and Pillar 2 requirements.
  • Assist in preparation of Section 9D Controlled Foreign Company computations and IT10B submissions for the Group
  • Assist in responding to SARS queries and liasing effectively with SARS in following up on outstanding items.
  • Assist in the preparation of provisional and final income tax computations of various companies within the group.
  • Assist in reporting on taxes in terms of IFRS, submitting tax returns and resolving any related tax queries. This includes both direct and indirect taxes.
  • Assist in preparing reconciliations of various tax accounts.
  • Assist in preparing and recording of group wide tax accounting entries.
  • Performing ad-hoc tasks and projects to support the Group Tax team as required


Personal Attributes and Skills

  • Strong analytical, interpretation and problem solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent communication skills (Verbal and Written)
  • Ability to cope with pressure and deadlines in a fast moving environment
  • Ability to work in a team or alone
  • Display tenacity by managing deadlines and stimulated by working in a pressurised environment.
  • Ability to plan, organize and control own work effort
  • Clear and concise organization and presentation of work
  • Be willing to learn and take on new projects with direction from another member of the team


Education and Experience

  • Bcomm (Accounting), BComm (Taxation)
  • Excellent Excel knowledge
  • Knowledge, understanding and application of South African tax legislation and OECD guidelines
  • Knowledge and understanding of IFRS
  • 2-3 years’ experience in a tax department within a consulting firm or corporate, dealing primarily with international tax related matters.


The Company’s approved Employment Equity Plan and Targets will be considered as part of the recruitment process. As an Equal Opportunities employer, we actively encourage and welcome people with various disabilities to apply.

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