Tax Accountant at Canva
Manila, PH
At Canva, we create tools that empower the world to design. Our mission is to democratise design and empower creativity for anyone and everyone, on every platform! Inspired by a team of talented thinkers, an amazing culture and remarkable growth trajectory – we’re out to change the world, one design at a time.
Since our launch in August 2013, we have grown exponentially, amassing over 15 million users across 190 different countries who have created more than one billion designs. We are currently one of Australia’s hottest technology startups and has been ranked #1 Best Place to Work for the second year in a row by Great Place to Work Australia.
About the team
The finance team’s mission is to protect and serve Canva and its stakeholders - that is protecting the organisation from external pressures and risks whilst balancing the need to best serve our teams and supporting their goals and building a world-class finance team.
In 2018, we have launched a Shared Services Team in Manila which is responsible for handling all transactional processes for the Global Canva Group of Companies and supporting the HQ office based in Sydney.
About the role
There is now the need for a Tax Accountant to assist with the ever expanding tax issues that the group faces as we continue to gain international presence.
As a Centre of Excellence within finance, the tax function prides on being able to deliver strategic value-adding support to the business, afterall, just about everything we do will touch upon tax in one way or another. In this role, you will work closely with the Tax Manager in Sydney HQ to ensure that key tasks are supported. Initially, you will have an immediate impact on a number of key projects. Overtime, you will identify opportunities for improvement and drive your own projects to continuously add value to the tax function.
About you 
We’re a fast-moving business so change is frequent and volume will continue to grow. You are comfortable working in an environment where speed and adaptability is key and project deadlines are often short. In this regard, you will be expected to manage your own work and deliver high quality outcomes as required.
You will be a first point of contact across numerous projects and will therefore be required to deal with a range of internal and external stakeholders. You are comfortable in independently determining appropriate course of action and are able to communicate any decisions clearly and in a timely manner.
Importantly you are a team player for we are all about “no I in Finance”. You will be ready and willing to lend a hand to your colleagues for the collective good. Your values and interpersonal approach will be the metric of success for this role. Finally you are someone who’s keen to learn new knowledge and dive into the world of global tax.

Manila focus responsibilities:

  • Preparation and/or review of Canva’s monthly, quarterly and annual company tax returns and other compliance items
  • Identify and advise on tax implications on activities undertaken by Canva Manila
  • Review of Canva’s tax processes. Where appropriate, recommend and implement process improvements

Global focus responsbilities:

  • Administrative support to Canva group’s Research and Development efforts
  • Managing Canva group’s global tax compliance efforts by meeting any registration/filing requirements
  • Managing Canva group’s global workforce from a tax perspective to ensure we comply with local employment tax laws
  • Ad-hoc advisory support (research, position paper) to Tax Manager on Canva group’s global tax projects
  • Preparation of month-end tax calculations and reporting for global entities
Other than the specified tasks above, you will also be expected to provide ad-hoc support to other tasks as required.

You'd love this role if you have...

  • A Bachelor’s/College Degree in Finance/Accountancy or equivalent
  • 2-5 years of tax experience in either shared service center/captive BPO and/or accounting/audit/consultancy firm or an in-house tax role
  • Working experience in supporting multiple clients/countries
  • CPA or any applicable professional certification (preferred)


  • Equity options in one of the fastest growing startups in the world
  • Fitness membership
  • In-house chef
  • Sponsored social clubs and team events
  • Fun and quirky celebrations