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A career in tax

A career in tax

A career in tax offers more than you might think
Tax affects everything - when you travel, when you eat, when you are paid. Tax is a part of government, business and everyday life. That's why capable tax professionals are always highly sought after.

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What does it offer?
A career in tax has an enormous amount to offer, including variety, intellectual stimulation and plenty of responsibility. If you enjoy working with people, the challenge of problem solving and an ever-changing, dynamic working environment then a career in tax is for you.

What will I do?
The work that a person will do will vary depending on their chosen route. It could be working for an accounting, legal or tax firm or even working in an internal tax department for a company and will involve preparing documents and advising clients.

Ultimately, tax has many opportunities to offer people starting off in the job world, with clear progression in a stable industry. Individuals interested in a career in tax will be able to enjoy a sound and secure role with the benefits of financial freedom for years to come.

Entering the tax profession
Most people begin their careers in tax as a trainee in an accountancy firm after ‘A’ levels or as graduates. For the majority of trainees the first professional qualification they take is the ATT. At any one time there are over 4,000 ATT students not only from accountants but law firms, the public sector and companies in all industry sectors. In most cases employers pay for training and examination fees.

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What is the ATT qualification?
Studying for the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) examinations provides a thorough understanding of the UK tax system. The ATT qualification equips you to offer tax advice and services and assist a cross-section of clients from businesses to the self-employed sole traders, across industry, commerce and the public sector. It will help you improve your employability and makes you a very worthy professional in the tax and accountancy market. Also, the knowledge you gain is a satisfaction in itself. The ATT is also useful as it gives eligibility to further your tax career through the Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) qualification.

Registering as a student – key deadlines
All students must register with the ATT as an individual. They can register at any time, but there are two annual registration deadlines. Register by 31 October to take exams the following May and register by 30 April for the following November sitting.

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Study, examinations and ATT membership
Students need to pass examinations in three written papers and two E-assessments. There are two compulsory papers and one option from a choice of four. To become an ATT member, students also need to have two years’ relevant work experience. See right-hand diagram for the route to ATT membership.

Training courses
Members of the Association are entitled to use the letters ATT after their name and the descriptive title 'Taxation Technician'. This demonstrates that they are a member of the oldest and largest professional body involved with UK tax compliance.

Discounts - Members gain access to multiple discounts on books and guides to assist them in their work and beyond.

Continuing Professional Development - Members gain access to over 40 branches across the world for seminars, workshops, networking with other professionals, and more.

Membership Benefits
Registered students would be well advised to enrol with a training course provider. The ATT does not provide training. Click here for current course providers.

 

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