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
You could take a degree and then further professional training through a graduate scheme, to qualify.
Most graduate employers will be looking for a minimum of an upper second class degree. Some may also require specific UCAS points, gained through GCSE and A level or equivalent qualifications. This is to show how consistent your academic achievement has been.
Your degree can be in any subject. Though not essential, the following subjects can be useful:
- accounting and finance
- business and management
During your studies look out for:
- insight days
- vacation schemes
- year placement opportunities
Your university careers service can help you to find work experience opportunities with business and finance companies, which will give you an advantage when you apply to graduate schemes.
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
The following higher apprenticeships are relevant to this role:
- Professional accountancy or taxation technician
- Accountancy or taxation professional
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
You could start as an assistant in an accounting department and apply for a position as a trainee adviser with a company.
Some professional services firms recruit school and college leavers with A Levels or equivalent qualifications into trainee tax adviser roles. You would receive full training from your employer, including support to gain professional qualifications.
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 register as an 'approved person' by the Financial Conduct Authority