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Tax adviser

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Tax advisers help clients plan their finances to make sure they're paying the right amount of tax.

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter

to

£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become a tax adviser

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies

University

You could take a degree and then further professional training through a graduate scheme, to qualify.

You'll usually need a good pass at degree level as this option is very competitive. The following subjects are useful, although not essential:

  • accountancy
  • accounting and finance
  • business and management
  • law
  • maths

Many business and finance companies offer work experience or internship opportunities to students in their second or last but one year at university. Doing an internship can improve your chances of success in getting on to a graduate scheme.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through a higher apprenticeship as a taxation technician or accountancy taxation professional.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You could start as an assistant in an accounting department and apply for a position as a trainee adviser with a company. You'll usually need 2 to 3 A levels or equivalent qualifications.

Direct Application

You can apply directly to employers if you've got some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this job. For example, you could transfer from another profession like accountancy or law.

You'll need to apply for membership of the Association of Taxation Technicians, or work towards the Chartered Tax Adviser qualification offered by the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Other Routes

You can complete a professional qualification through the Association of Taxation Technicians or the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

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Registration

Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Chartered Institute of Taxation or Association of Taxation Technicians for professional development and to make industry contacts.

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a tax adviser from the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Association of Taxation Technicians.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • maths knowledge
  • customer service skills
  • ambition and a desire to succeed
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to read English
  • analytical thinking skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • meet clients to discuss their financial situation
  • gather information to calculate the amount of tax due
  • check and complete tax returns
  • audit clients' tax records
  • explain tax law to clients and finding ways to reduce their liability
  • produce reports or presentations for clients
  • negotiate with HMRC on your client's behalf
  • keep up to date with regulations

Working environment

You could work in an office or at a client's business.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could open your own tax consultancy.

Current opportunities

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Finance Apprenticeship

  • Wage: £15,000.00 Annually
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Courses In England

UK Taxation System for Small Businesses

  • Provider: RICHMOND AND HILLCROFT ADULT AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • Start date: 05 February 2021
  • Location: Richmond

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