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Tax Accountants are professionals that specialise in interpreting tax regulation and legislation for the benefit of their clients, ensuring that they pay their taxes by the most efficient legal means possible. Tax Accounting is one of the most complex areas of finance and is constantly evolving, which provides Tax Accountants with a unique and exciting career path.



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Tax Accountant / Specialist / Advisor Job Overview:

Every business, entity and individual pays some form of tax and the role of the Tax Account is to minimise the amount. Tax Accountants can provide advisory services to individuals (Personal Tax Accountants) and organisations (Corporate Tax Accountants) on a wide range of taxation issues and devise the best strategies for mitigating their tax liabilities. Personal Tax Accountants will usually work for an accountancy practice, whereas Corporate Tax Accountants tend to either be employed by an accountancy practice or by a business as part of their finance or accounts department.

Due to the complex and varied world of taxation it is unlikely a Tax Accountant will advise both corporates and individuals, rather they tend to focus one or the other and may specialise into subsections of tax such as indirect tax (VAT, customs duty, service tax etc) and direct tax (income tax, corporation tax, national insurance, estate duty, inheritance tax etc).

As well as having a comprehensive understanding of accounting, a Tax Accountant must also be competent in the interpretation of the law and ensure they are aware of any relevant changes in legislation. Additionally, possessing excellent administration, presentation and interpersonal skills are essential to succeeding in a career within Tax.

Tax Accountant / Specialist / Advisor Education / Qualification Requirements:

Most graduate training schemes that support the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) CTA qualification will require applicants to have obtained a 2.1 or higher in a bachelor's degree. The degree subject isn’t always important, studying subjects such a Accountancy & Finance, Economics, Law, Business & Management, Maths & Statistics would be beneficial.

However, it is still possible to become a Tax professional without a degree by obtaining an apprenticeship at an accountancy practice or within a businesses finance department and complete examinations to obtain The Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) qualification. If successful in completing full ATT studies, it is then possible to apply to undertake CTA qualification.

Tax Accountant / Specialist / Advisor Salary:

The average salary for a CTA qualified professional is £55,000 per annum, however when reaching 10 years plus experience, a CTA can expect to earn upwards of £130,000 per annum.

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