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Tax adviser

Tax advisers help their clients plan their finances, to make sure they're paying the right amount of tax.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £50,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements but professional tax advisers usually have a recognised qualification from the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) or the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).

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

You'll need:

  • 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
  • VAT
  • 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

4. Salary

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