About TaxTim

Website

Address

54 Roeland Square, Gardens, Cape Town

Company Size

1-15
Summary

Our Story

In March 2011, Evan had a problem. He assumed he could complete his own tax return with confidence and ease. He was wrong. After hours of stress and frustration, he setup a meeting with his friend Marc. Marc knew all about tax and made the process quick and easy. Evan thought "What if I could put Marc's brain in a machine, then put it online, so that everyone could have their very own affordable tax man to help them?"

With initial seed funding from Google and some hard work, the two created TaxTim.

Why Work For Us

We're solving an important problem that affects anyone who works and earns an income. Tax is a bitch. It has to be done, it's stressful, complicated and easy to mess up, costing you a LOT of money. Our solution is unique - we have built a completely scalable, digital tax assistant that provides personalised step-by-step service like a human expert would, but with no human beings involved - it's all automated. In 8 years our team of nine has helped over 7 million people. We love automation and we love helping people finish something they hate.

TurboTax in the US made $1.4 billion from a similar product in 2013. We are aiming for similar success in the African market. Come along for the ride?

Our Culture

We are proud Capetonians and our proximity to the mountain, our casual dress and relaxed vibe reflect it. Our focus is to get work done, so however you do it on whatever schedule is up to you. We are fond of cake - luckily there are two proficient bakers in the company, otherwise Fruit & Veg City is just across the road. Our philosophy is that we do our best every day, enjoy our work, breathe, smile and try to enjoy a healthy work-life balance. Staying strong and contented matters just as much as hitting milestones, KPIs and numerical targets.

Our Engineering Processes

Right now we have two developers - our CTO and co-founder Evan and senior dev John. Evan has been coding for over 20 years (since he was 11), but he's a bit of a hacker really. He still uses Notepad++ alongside PHPStorm, and hasn't made the switch to Ubuntu (yet). Luckily he learned some new skills in 2017 when John arrived, bringing enlightenment. John is a leading-edge dev, highly knowledgeable in PHP best practices, design patterns, OOP, KISS, GRASP, DRY and other acronyms. Tip: Impress us with your framework knowledge then subtly mention how a component you created from scratch has been forked over 1,000 times. BOOM.

Our Hiring Process

  1. Answer questions on our interview bot
  2. Review CV
  3. Meet you and see if you are human
  4. Ask you to do a custom coding challenge
  5. Call your references
  6. Hire you
Perks
Dev team of 2 - you own your projects
Rock up in shorts, slops, slouch on our couch
Work in beautiful Cape Town
Great professional challenge - making tax easy!
Great start-up experience, be part of something new
Early Fridays!
Flexy hours and work from home
Tech Stack

Application and Data

Amazon S3
Amazon EC2
Ionic
Sass
Javascript
Node.js
MySQL
PHP
Symfony

DevOps

Git
Docker
npm
Bitbucket

Utilities

Amazon Route 53
Amazon SES
Elasticsearch
Google Analytics

Business Tools

Google Apps
Trello
MailChimp
Chatting on the balcony with a view of the city
I don't normally sit on a ball hovering in empty space with no desk, but hey, it made for a great pic :)
Our logo on a wall, just so you know we're a real company
Tax Expert Nicci
Us having a pretend meeting, just so you can see we have whiteboards to draw on.
Christmas lunch after an amusing round of Hint Hunt!
Marc and Evan as featured guests telling tales of tax at Startup GRIND in Sept 2016.
Latest team photo 2019
Refunds can be sweet
Chocolate making workshop

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