A Career in Tax

Tax affects everyone - how much you earn and spend depends on various aspects of the UK tax system. Tax is a part of government, business and everyday life. That's why intelligent and experienced tax professionals are always highly sought after.

A career in tax has an enormous amount to offer individuals, 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.

Tax is much more changeable than most careers - you're not just going through the same routines year-on-year, but looking for new ways to apply ever-changing legislation, and understanding the changes introduced every year.

  • It’s a challenging career to apply both quantitative and qualitative skills
  • The potential for career development within your employing firm is very appealing once you have completed your ATT and CTA exams
  • There are huge opportunities within the tax career path
  • You get to apply your communication skills by explaining complicated tax compliance matters in simplified terms to clients

Some professionals will advise on policy for our tax system, others will write the tax law. Someone else will administer the collection of taxes for the government. Others will act for businesses of all types who will have to pay these taxes. Marketing, IT, media and publishing all need tax specialists.

Whatever your area of interest, a career in tax has something to offer you.

The complex and diverse nature of taxation means that tax professionals rapidly develop areas of specialist knowledge. The main areas of specialisim are corporate, personal, international, inheritance tax, VAT, National Insurance, and trusts and estates.

This requires both a detailed understanding of applicable tax codes, and the ability to conduct and apply research in unfamiliar areas. Since tax legislation is always changing, tax advisers will frequently need to update their knowledge with tax courses. If you love learning and applying that knowledge directly to the work you do on a regular basis, then a career in tax might be the perfect fit for you.

Career profiles

Choosing a career is the most important part of any job search. We have listed some job profiles which you can use to help you make an informed career choice and gain a better understanding of what's involved in a wide range of jobs that involve tax.

Entry level

1. Tax Trainee 

2. Graduate Tax Trainee

Part Qualified

1. Trainee Tax Accountant

2. Tax Accountant


1. Tax Associate

2. Chartered Tax Adviser





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