Tax advisers help their clients plan their finances, to make sure they're paying the right amount of tax.
1. Entry requirements
You could get into this career as a trainee with a company, for which you'll need 2 to 3 A levels. There are also graduate training schemes.
You could also transfer from another profession such as accountancy or law.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
2. Skills required
- excellent maths and IT skills
- the ability to analyse complex information and solve problems
- excellent communication skills
3. What you'll do
Your clients could include large companies, smaller businesses and individuals. You'll usually specialise in an area like:
- corporate tax
- international tax
- personal tax
- inheritance tax and trusts
Your daily duties may include:
- meeting clients to discuss their financial situation
- gathering information to calculate the amount of tax due
- checking and completing tax returns
- auditing clients’ tax records
- explaining tax law to clients and finding ways to reduce their liability
- producing reports or presentations for clients
- negotiating with HMRC on your client’s behalf
- keeping up to date with regulations
Starter: £18,000 to £25,000
Experienced: £30,000 to £40,000
Highly Experienced: £50,000 or more
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work standard office hours, Monday to Friday, with possible overtime at busy periods like the end of the tax year.
You'll be office-based but will also travel to meet clients.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could open your own tax consultancy.
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Last updated: 28 March 2017