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Taxation Consultant

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€25k > 63
Tax Adviser
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€25 - 63
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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.
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Employment growth was low for this occupation group, and, indeed, declined in the most recent year. Although they feature in the vacancy data, the recent job hires analysis indicates that churn is a significant factor in these openings. Declines in employment levels are expected to continue as some tasks become automated, although replacement demand for such a large occupation will continue to translate into job opportunities.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

Occupational Category

Accountants & Tax Experts

Also included in this category:

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

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 11%
Aged over 55: 14%
Male / Female: 51 / 49%
Non-Nationals: 7%
With Third Level: 94%
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At a Glance... header image

Advises businesses and private individuals on taxation issues.

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Sinead Lew
Senior Tax Manager
Sinead Lew works as a Tax Manager in the Domestic & International Outbound Market group in PwC. She completed a Degree in Accounting and HR at the National College of Ireland (NCI). She then went on to study a Masters in Accounting at Smurfit Business School. Sinead is also a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).
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Lorcan Kelly
Tax Consultant
Lorcan Kelly is a Tax Consultant with Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard. He studied Commerce and French in NUIG and also completed a Masters in Accounting. Lorcan is responsible for managing the Corporate Tax and VAT obligations of the group, as well as its domestic and international tax strategy and planning.
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The Work header image

Taxation Advisers are involved in all aspects of tax work. Their duties range from preparing tax returns for clients (both personal and corporate) and agreeing tax liabilities with the Revenue Commissioners, to advising on the tax implications and structuring of major commercial deals. A keen commercial awareness is a considerable advantage to an aspiring Tax Adviser.  
Taxation has now attained the status of a profession unit on its own right. This is largely due to the work of the Institute of Taxation in establishing a system of professional examinations.  
A person who passes the Institute of Taxation examinations is qualified as a Tax Adviser and this qualification is recognised by the state and the European Commission, thus, enabling Institute members to practise both in Ireland and in other EU member states, on meeting certain criteria.  
It is expected that the demand for taxation expertise will continue to grow and provide very worthwhile career opportunities for individuals trained in taxation. Recent developments include the specialisation of individuals or teams within a tax department to deal with the taxation of particular industries (such as the computer industry, construction industry, etc) or specific areas of taxation - for example, international tax and corporate tax.  
The advent of self-assessment and the on-going harmonisation of European taxation systems have increased the need for taxation specialists.  
Typical work duties include:  
- Researching, analysing and interpreting changing tax legislation.  
- Meeting with clients and collating information  
- Working with tax law and revenue provisions  
- Preparing and submitting compliance (tax) returns.  
The Institute of Taxation in Ireland  
The Institute of Taxation in Ireland is a corporate body limited by guarantee. Its members are persons specialising in taxation practice or professionally interested in the study of fiscal legislation or in the administration and practice of taxation. The institute aims to facilitate the exchange of information and views on fiscal legislation, taxation and related matters and to create a well-informed public opinion on the subject.  
The Institute provides opportunities (through seminars and other events) for the acquisition

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Answer questions and provide future tax planning to clients.


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.


Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.


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


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


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


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

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Tax advisers must keep up with changes in tax legislation. You must be able to explain complicated issues such as tax law in simple terms. Sometimes this involves analysing large amounts of information. Tax advisers must also be highly numerate. You'll need a broad understanding of the business world, an analytical mind and a methodical way of working.  
Good communication skills both written and oral are a desirable feature as is the ability to explain complicated matters in simplified terms. Negotiation skills are also desirable in a tax adviser.

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Go..Tax Adviser - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Tax adviser/consultant - 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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Organisation: Chartered Accountants Ireland
Address: Chartered Accountants House, 47 - 49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 637 7200
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