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Tax Accountant

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€22k > 135
Accountants
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€22 - 135
Related Information:
Tax Accountant: 40 - 70

Cost Accountant: 27 - 65
Newly Qualified Accountant: 25 - 55
Assistant Accountant : 22 - 35
Treasury Accountant: 25 - 70
Accounts Receivable: 23 - 38

SYSTEMS / PROJECT ACCOUNTANTS
Systems Accountant: 26 - 90
Project Accountant: 29 - 90

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE STAFF
Accounts Payable Clerks: 23 - 38
Accounts Payable Manager: 40 - 65

FINANCIAL/MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT
Financial/Management Accountants: 25 - 65
Financial Controller: 55 - 90
Financial Controller: (5+ yrs exp) 65 - 135
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / Sigmar / CPL / Robert Walters / Hudson / Abrivia / Lincoln

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

Shortages have been identified in the National Skills Bulletin 2017 for the following areas:

Accounting: Financial and management accountants with expertise in solvency, taxation, IFSR43 relevant skills and regulatory compliance; accountants for roles in industry with ERP system and reporting tools, as well as language skills; actuaries

While demand for general accounting skills is in decline with many tasks now being automated, there are increasing requirements
in specific areas of accountancy and for those with crossover skills such as corporate resource managers.

1.1%
Occupational Category

Accountants & Tax Experts

Also included in this category:

Chartered and certified accountants; management accountants; tax consultants and advisers; tax inspectors.

Number Employed:

36,800

Part time workers: 10%
Aged over 55: 11%
Male / Female: 55 / 45%
Non-Nationals: 13%
With Third Level: 96%
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At a Glance... header image

Maintains knowledge of tax code changes and of accounting procedures and theory to properly evaluate financial information. Makes tax returns on behalf of clients.


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1Total Records:2

Caroline Austin
Senior Associate Solicitor
Caroline Austin works as a Senior Associate Solicitor with Matheson. Her role involves advising on tax planning and corporate restructuring at a national and international level. Caroline studied law at Trinity College Dublin and is a qualified solicitor and a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).
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Anna Holohan
Tax Manager
Anna Holohan works in the Corporate Tax department of Deloitte as a Tax Trainee. She holds a Business and Law Degree from UCD, along with a Masters of Accounting from UCD Smurfit. Within her role, she is responsible, among other things, for the corporation tax compliance for a portfolio of clients.
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Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Interview clients to obtain additional information on taxable income and deductible expenses and allowances.

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Use all appropriate adjustments, deductions, and credits to keep clients' taxes to a minimum.

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Prepare or assist in preparing simple to complex tax returns for individuals or small businesses.

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Compute taxes owed or overpaid, using adding machines or personal computers, and complete entries on forms, following tax form instructions and tax tables.

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Furnish taxpayers with sufficient information and advice to ensure correct tax form completion.

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Check data input or verify totals on forms prepared by others to detect errors in arithmetic, data entry, or procedures.

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Consult tax law handbooks or bulletins to determine procedures for preparation of atypical returns.

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Calculate form preparation fees according to return complexity and processing time required.

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Answer questions and provide future tax planning to clients.

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Review financial records such as income statements and documentation of expenditures to determine forms needed to prepare tax returns.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Performing Administrative Activities: Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Analyzing Data or Information: Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Economics and Accounting: Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Entry Routesheader image

New entrants to Accountancy can either join following Leaving Cert, or as a university graduate. The graduate route has become the most common entry route, but the alternative accounting technician route remains popular.

To qualify as an accountant, you need to register with one of the appropriate professional bodies. You then combine on-the-job training with part-time study and written examinations.     

The relevant professional bodies are:

  • Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants  (CIMI) 
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland  (CPA) 
  • Accounting Technicians Ireland

To register with one of these bodies you must meet their minimum educational requirements. If you exceed the minimum entry requirements you may be exempted from certain professional accountancy exams.  

Accountancy courses are available at universities and through a range of other centers throughout Ireland.

Last Updated: October, 2014


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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Private Practice Accountant - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Public Finance Accountant - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Tax Inspector - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Tax officer/inspector - from: GradIreland
Go..Trainee Tax Consultant (Video) - from: Deloitte

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Organisation: Irish Tax Institute
Address: South Block, Longboat Quay, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 663 1700
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