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Taxing the blackstuff

05 October 2007 / Richard Curtis
A company car may be an ambition, but access to the company bar might be another. RICHARD CURTIS speaks to those working in Diageo's tax department

Generally speaking and in most lines of work there are usually admonishments against taking your work home with you. It's a little odd to think therefore that some tax practitioners not only take their work home with them but then get changed go out and meet up with them down at the pub.

Diageo is a multi-national company and brewer and distiller of some of the best known alcoholic beverages in the world — Smirnoff vodka Johnnie Walker whisky and my own favourite Guinness ('the black stuff') to name but a few — and the tax department is a key element in the organisation. So what is it like to work there?

Tax and brands

I spoke to Jason Jenner a senior tax executive and tax executive Matt Hodgson.

Matt explained that the current head of tax ...

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