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Twitter looking for Dublin-based tax expert

The Tax Manager role is a newly-created position to be based in Ireland.

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WEEKS AFTER BECOMING embroiled in the ‘UK versus Ireland’ tax controversies that have plagued a number of multinational firms in recent months, Twitter is on the lookout for a Dublin-based tax expert.

The micro-blogging site, which already has 100 staff in Dublin, has created the new role of Tax Manager to work out of its International HQ.

The position will be awarded to a qualified accountant and tax professional with at least 10 years experience in a multinational role, as well as an “in-depth knowledge and exposure to international tax”.

The successful applicant will be asked to ensure tax compliance for all European, Middle East and Asian legal entities, as well as “keep abreast” of changes to European tax legislation.

A report in the Guardian newspaper on 5 July suggested that Twitter was using “controversial corporate structures in Ireland to book fast-growing sales from British advertisers”. According to the article, the process meant any resulting profits were not subject to UK tax.

Responding to questions about whether UK sales were “routed through Ireland”, the company said:

“Since Twitter UK opened in 2011 we have been steadily building our team, focusing on promoting great uses of Twitter by all elements of UK society – the arts, sport, government, and brand partners.”

In 2012, Twitter filed small company accounts in Britain, reporting retained profits of £92,408 on which it paid tax.

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