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Anna Holohan , Tax Trainee
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.
Studying a broad degree like I did meant that there were lots of different options available once I finished college. I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to do until I took a Revenue Law lecture. Studying Revenue Law, I found that tax had a good mixture of both business and law and therefore it appealed to me.
I completed a Business and Law Degree at UCD and a Masters of Accounting at UCD Smurfit.
My college degree offered me the skills to work in tax. The law aspect of my degree equipped me with the ability to read and interpret legislation – a key skill in tax, and also developed an analytical and questioning mind which allows me to think about solutions to problems clients have.
While I often complained about the level of group projects we undertook in the Quinn Business School in UCD, I have found the team work skills I learned to be an asset in working in a large corporate tax group where teamwork is part of my daily job.
I decided to pursue the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification on joining Deloitte. I had undertaken some lectures with the Irish Tax Institute as part of my Masters in Smurfit and found them to be extremely well organised and professional. I knew that I would have excellent support pursuing my tax qualification.
Deloitte have really supported me in pursuing the AITI CTA qualification. They offered me paid study leave for my exams and in house training sessions which made the experience of sitting my first set of exams as stress free as possible.