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Edel Butler

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Joseph Conboy

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Working in tax as a Chartered Tax Adviser is like solving a puzzle – scope it, then solve it.

 

Working in tax as a Chartered Tax Adviser is like solving a puzzle – scope it, then solve it.

 

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What are the main occupations in this sector?


Working in tax is like solving a puzzle – scope it, then solve it. But solve it in a way that’s innovative and creative – create the solution, don’t just follow it.  It’s a puzzle that’s the perfect blend of numbers and strategy.

Tax is based on legislation, so coming up with the solution means unravelling and investigating the rules in legislation and putting together strategic tax advice that makes a real financial impact. 

Tax Trainee - View Role

You will assist on general corporate tax queries from existing clients, You will assist the partners in preparing advice and researching any issues which may arise; this involves advising clients on the tax consequences of their business decisions and drafting letters of advice. 

Tax Partner - View role

A career in tax could mean working with and advising some of the key people and corporates in Ireland and abroad – from home-grown tech start-ups, pioneering biomedical multinationals, global investment banks to the leading entrepreneurs with the most innovative and revolutionary business concepts. 

Tax Director - View role

You will be involved in all stages of a company’s or individual's financial life cycle – from the exciting start-up, to the fast-paced exponential growth phase, through to deciding on the most strategic way to bow out.  Tax is an essential part of every phase and your knowledge, expertise and judgement is invaluable.

Tax Manager - View role

A career in tax could mean working with the Revenue Commissioners, Department of Finance or the EU Commission advising on key areas of Irish and EU tax policy and shaping the legislation.

Administrative Officer - View role

From the earliest days, right through to retirement a career in tax as a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) creates awide range of possibilities. Generally, Chartered Tax Advisers (CTA) in practice will start their career as a tax trainee, and once they qualify will move into a tax senior role. 

Opportunities exist then for promotion to assistant manager, senior manager, director and partner level. For those employed in industry, banking, and Revenue, similar career paths are available.  You have the choice and flexibility to choose your own career path!

 

What types of employment contracts are there?


This obviously depends on the nature of the job and the employer's requirements, but contracts can be on a full-time or part time basis. Again, in particular circumstances, there are opportunities for job sharing and remote working.

 

How do you get a job in this sector?


One of the great things about a career in tax is that it gives you choice. As a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) you will join Ireland's largest group of tax professionals working across a broad range of sectors:

  • Professional services firms
  • Legal firms - Corporate sector
  • Financial services
  • Public sector

Our Tax Technician qualification is a practical, modular qualification covering the fundamentals of tax. It's ideal for:

  • Employees specialising in compliance
  • Accounts personnel in the corporate sector
  • Office managers working in payroll and VAT compliance
  • Bookkeepers or accountants who wish to refresh their tax knowledge

Video: From Summer Intern to Tax Trainee 

No training contract required

You don't need a training contract to complete the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification or the Tax Technician qualification. However, some CTA students secure roles as tax trainees before they start the qualification.

Most of the large accountancy or law firms that have a tax practice start their graduate recruitment programmes in September/October - this is often referred to as the “Milk Round”. So it's important that you keep an eye out on their websites at the start of your final year in college.

If you are in your penultimate year in college, make sure you check out the firm's summer internships - these are 12-week placements in their tax department and are a great way to get on-the-ground experience. These are normally advertised in January, and the interviews held in February. A lot of firms are now recruiting for tax trainees through the summer internship, so you might be lucky to secure a contract before you finish college!

All of the larger firms require that you complete a formal application form which is available on their website or at a college careers office. Quite often, firms also recruit at the start of the academic year. For more details on these graduate recruitment programmes, please visit the various company and college career office websites. Many of Ireland’s largest companies also recruit graduates for their in-house tax departments.

 


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What qualifications are required?


Tax Technician Qualification

Our Tax Technician qualification is a practical, flexible, modular programme covering the fundamentals of tax in all areas of tax. It is ideal for those with no prior tax knowledge. You must hold a Level 5 qualification or equivalent (Leaving Certificate).  

The Tax Technician course is a one-year part-time course, however, you can complete it over a 2-year period if that suits you.  Lectures are held in Dublin, Limerick and online.

If you are interested in the Tax Technician Course, click here to read the Student Handbook.

Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification

If you are serious about a career in tax, then there is only one option - the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification. This is a 3 part qualification and covers all tax heads in unparalleled detail.  You need a Level 8 (Honours) degree in any discipline. Lectures are held in Dublin and Cork. There is also a flexible online study option that lets you watch lectures whenever and wherever suits you.  We also run two courses each year (Summer and Winter) so you can decide what best fits in with your life.

If you want to find out more about the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) Course, click here to read the Student Handbook

 

New Diploma in Tax 

This 10 month qualification is the ideal choice for accounting and finance professionals who wish to develop and build their tax knowledge. Delivered by class-room based lectures in Dublin and online, assessment is by way of multi-disciplinary assignment.

If you are looking to find out more about the NEW Diploma in Tax, click here to read the Student Handbook

A few points to remember!

  • You don't have to have a training contract to become a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).
  • Graduates from all backgrounds can enrol on the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification.
  • Applicants must hold a Level 8  and Level 5 qualification for the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification and Tax Technician qualification respectively.  Candidates for the NEW Diploma in Tax must have studied tax on a previous course. Candidates who do not hold an honours degree or equivalent may be considered on a case-by case basis, through the recognition of work-based learning.

Next available Courses

Lectures for the CTA and and Tax Technician Summer Courses start in April 2018.  Lectures for the Diploma in Tax will start in October 2018.  For more information, contact Eimear Finnegan on 01 663 1748 or efinnegan@taxinstitute.ie 



 

What are the typical routes into this sector?


Individuals who hold an undergraduate degree at honours level (Level 8 equivalent) can enrol on the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) programme.

If you do not hold such a qualification, you may be considered on a case-by-case basis, through recognition of work-based learning.

 


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What advice do you have for school leavers?


Tax Technician Qualification - Typical Route for School Leavers

You must hold a Level 5 qualification (Leaving Certificate) to enrol on the Tax Technician course, therefore you could start this course once you have finished your Leaving Cert.

Make sure to check out www.careerintax.ie

 

What advice do you have for graduates?


Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) Qualification - Typical Route for Graduates

Graduates from all backgrounds can register for the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification.

Applicants must hold, at a minimum, an undergraduate degree at honours level (Level 8). Candidates who do not hold an honours degree or equivalent may be considered on a case-by case basis, through the recognition of work based learning.

It is not necessary to have studied business or legal disciplines before undertaking the CTA qualification. Engineers, scientists and teachers have become highly successful tax advisers. However, if candidates have studied law, accounting or tax previously, they may benefit from exemptions. Exemptions are not subject to time limits.

Make sure to check out www.careerintax.ie to view profiles of those currently working in exciting tax roles in Ireland and abroad!

 

What advice do you have for career changers?


NEW Diploma in Tax Qualification

If you are an accountant in industry or practice, or a finance professional looking to move to a role where you will encounter tax issues, then this qualification is ideal for developing and building your tax knowledge.

Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) Qualification

If you are considering a career change, then you should consider complementing any existing qualification you have with the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification. This qualification will give you an immediate career advantage and is highly sought after by employers.

Many accountants and those in the legal sector go on to pursue this qualification and have become part of the growing group of tax professionals in Ireland and abroad.

Depending on your existing qualifications, you may be entitled to some exemptions (see pages 12 - 16 of the Student Handbook).

 

What advice do you have for non-Irish nationals?


Non-Irish nationals wishing to pursue the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA), NEW Diploma in Tax or Tax Technician qualifications should contact the Irish Tax Institute to review their qualifications for commencing the course and to discuss any potential exemptions.

 

What advice do you have for those wishing to go back to work?


Irrespective of how long you have been out of work, once you have decided that you are interested in a career in tax, you can still successfully qualify with our Tax TechnicianChartered Tax Adviser (CTA) or our NEW Diploma in Tax qualifications.

 


Meet our People...
"I know that I can build a successful career based on my AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification."
Tax Trainee
Anna Holohan
"As I was learning more through my studies with the Irish Tax Institute, I was able to put this knowledge to practical application in my role."
Associate Tax Lawyer
Caroline Austin
"I really enjoy working in a team and the advice we give to clients as a team - it can be very satisfying."
Senior Tax Manager
Andrew Dunne
"I chose the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification as it’s the most widely recognised and best regarded tax qualification in Ireland."
Tax Consultant
Lorcan Kelly
"My degree in Law taught me how to read, analyse and interpret legislation. This was a skill which came to the fore when studying with the ITI."
Administrative Officer
Edel Butler
"I think the fact that each day is generally quite different is what appeals to me most."
Associate Director
Joseph Conboy
"Working as a tax adviser involves combining technical knowledge, commercial awareness and legal knowledge."
Assistant Tax Manager
Danielle Grant
"Being able to work as part of a team is really important and you will reap the benefits of it, as you will learn so much from working with others."
Tax Manager
Sinead Lew
"I regularly assist on general corporate tax queries from existing clients; this involves advising clients on the tax consequences of their business decisions."
Tax Trainee
Mary Dineen

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Are there overseas opportunities available?

Many Chartered Tax Advisers (CTA) are working overseas in New York, Hong Kong, California, Sydney, Jamaica and throughout Europe.

The Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification is also the only tax qualification recognised under the EU Directive 2005/36 which enables holders meeting certain criteria to practise not only in Ireland but also in all other EU Member States.

Check out our website www.careerintax.ie to read lots of profiles of our members working abroad

 

Are there opportunities in this sector for non-Irish nationals?

Certainly. Many individuals who pursue the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification and ultimately a career in tax are from overseas, and can often bring a wealth of international experience to the sector.

 


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Please give an overview of your sector?


Tax is an ever changing landscape.  Chartered Tax Advisers (CTAs) work to ensure that their clients make the best business decisions in light of this continually changing landscape. CTAs monitor and anticipate changes to tax legislation and respond quickly with commercially focused advice specific to their clients’ particular business requirements.

CTAs provide tax advisory services to a wide range of clients who operate in all sectors of the economy. A career in tax could mean working with and advising some of the key people and corporates in Ireland and internationally - from home-grown start ups, pioneering biotechnology companies, global investment advice to leading entrepreneurs.

CTAs also have the opportunity to work in specialised areas of tax such as wealth and retirement planning, pension advice and investment advice.

Tax is a critical part of all commercial transactions, and CTAs knowledge, judgement and expertise are really invaluable at each stage of the transaction.

This is a sector where you never stop learning - legislation changes such as the Budget each year, to changes in EU law, can change key aspects of tax system affecting different clients in various ways. A CTA must always be up to speed on such changes!

One of the great things about a career in tax as a CTA is that it gives you choice - you can choose to work in practice, industry or the public sector. You can choose to work in Ireland or internationally. The best part is that no two days are the same!

Some of the typical work that CTAs are involved in are as follow:

  • Offer commercially focussed tax and business advice to clients
  • Enable clients to minimise financial and reputational risk
  • Assist clients to minimise the tax cost of doing business
  • Develop and implement tax planning strategies
  • Manage the tax compliance process for clients
  • Negotiate with Revenue on behalf of clients
  • Consult on the commercial issues facing a particular client/industry sector
  • Advise on international financial transactions
  • Develop appropriate corporate structures to enable clients to develop their businesses effectively
  • Provide tax advice on key life stage events for private individuals
  • Consult on property transactions in Ireland and abroad to minimise related VAT and stamp duty costs.
  • Assist clients in complying with complex tax reporting obligations.

 

What is the size and scope of the sector?


Currently, there are almost 5,000 Chartered Tax Advisers (CTAs) in Ireland, and 30,000 CTAs globally based in over 40 cities across the world. 97% of recently qualified CTAs are employed.

The Heads of Tax in Ireland's leading law firms are CTAs. Over half of the tax partners in the Big 4 firms are CTAs and CTAs also hold key tax and financial positions in 30 of the Top 50 companies in Ireland.

 

What are the current issues affecting this sector?


Tax is a very dynamic area. Changes in government legislation such as the annual Budget and the Finance Act changes key aspects of the tax system which affects different clients in various ways.

The impact of the European Union and increasing global trade means that Chartered Tax Advisers (CTA) need to display a keen awareness of both domestic and international developments and constantly keep abreast of these changes.

 

What changes are anticipated over the next 5 years


The constant demand for Chartered Tax Advisers (CTA) will continue, as both corporates and private individuals continue to engage in commercial and life stage transactions, all of which incorporate tax advice.

As the global trend continues, a further requirement will be for Chartered Tax Advisers (CTA) with an appetite for working in a dynamic, international setting.

 


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Working in tax as a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) is like solving a puzzle – scope it, then solve it. But solve it in a way that’s innovative and creative. It’s a puzzle that’s the perfect blend of numbers and strategy. Tax is based on legislation, so coming up with the solution means investigating the rules in legislation and putting together strategic tax advice that makes a real financial impact”.

About the Irish Tax Institute

Located in the heart of Dublin's Silicon Docks, the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification is the gold standard in tax and the international mark of excellence in tax advice.  With over 5,000 members in Ireland, along with the Chartered Institute of Taxation UK and The Tax Institute of Australia, we are part of the 30,000-strong international CTA network and a member of the Confédération Fiscale Européenne, (CFE) the European umbrella body for tax professionals.

We offer three tax qualifications - one-year Tax Technician courses, our NEW 10 month Diploma in Tax and our three-part Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA). 

Have you ever considered a career in tax as a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA)?

A career in tax creates opportunities. The opportunity for challenging and diverse work. The opportunity to see the world. The opportunity to work on the most cutting edge commercial transactions.

Tax is part of the international language of finance, and the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification is the international hallmark of excellence in tax.  You could be part of a group of 30,000 CTAs working all over the globe from Ireland, to the UK, USA, Asia to Australia.

Visit our Career in Tax Blog HERE

Not just for business graduates

A common misconception is that only business graduates pursue a career in tax. Not so! The great thing about a career in tax is that it is more about the qualities that you bring to the career, rather than your educational background.  Skills such as creative thinking, analytical know-how and commercial awareness are so important. 

In addition to business and law graduates, those with an engineering, science and the humanities background also successfully pursue careers in tax. Go to www.careerintax.ie  and see the variety of roles, sectors and backgrounds that Chartered Tax Advisers (CTA) work in or find our Irish Tax Institute Students page on Facebook

 

Contact us

For further information on our courses and on a career in tax, you can visit www.careerintax.ie or call Eimear Finnegan on +353 1 6631748.