Tax inspector

Alternative titles for this job include Senior tax professional

Tax inspectors make sure the correct amount of tax is paid and that fraud hasn't taken place.

Average salary (a year)

£27,000 Starter


£53,250 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become a Tax inspector

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly 

Direct application

You'll need to apply for a place on HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Tax Specialist Programme and have one of the following:

  • a degree (minimum 2:2) in any subject
  • an equivalent award like a professional accountancy qualification

HMRC runs an 8-week, paid internship programme for final year degree students.

More information

Further information

Find out more about working for the Civil Service from GOV.UK

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • examining business accounts
  • visiting businesses to interview board directors, lawyers and accountants
  • investigating suspected fraud
  • offering specialist advice about tax
  • negotiating settlements
  • representing HMRC at appeals tribunals
  • considering and applying tax law to cases
  • leading a team of caseworkers and administrative staff
  • managing relationships between HMRC and customers

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move through HMRC's promotion structure to more senior or specialist posts.

You could go into the private sector as a tax adviser, or become a self-employed tax consultant.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Finance Apprentice - Level 7

  • Wage : £21,000.00 Annually
  • Location: NN8 2DT

ACA Audit Graduate Apprentice

  • Wage : £432.53 Weekly
  • Location: Reading RG1 1PL

Courses In England

ACCA F6 Taxation

  • Provider: Chichester College Group
  • Start date: 04 January 2019
  • Location: Chichester

ACCA Level 5 - Taxation

  • Provider: Yeovil College
  • Start date: 11 March 2019
  • Location: YEOVIL

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