Tax inspector Senior tax professional
Tax inspectors make sure the correct amount of tax is paid and that fraud hasn’t taken place.
1. Entry requirements
You’ll need to apply for a place on HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC’s) Tax Specialist Programme and have one of the following:
- a degree (minimum 2:2) in any subject
- an equivalent award like a professional accountancy qualification
HMRC also runs an 8-week, paid internship programme for final year degree students.
2. Skills required
- the ability to investigate and analyse complex information
- decision making ability
- good negotiating skills and powers of persuasion
- a creative approach to problem solving
3. What you'll do
You’ll work for HMRC to make sure businesses and individuals follow tax laws and pay the correct amount of tax.
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- examining business accounts
- visiting businesses to interview board directors, lawyers and accountants
- investigating suspected fraud
- offering specialist advice about tax
- negotiating settlements
- representing HMRC at appeals tribunals
- considering and applying tax law to cases
- leading a team of caseworkers and administrative staff
- managing relationships between HMRC and customers
Starter: £27,000 to £29,250
Experienced: £47,250 to £53,250
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll work 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday, with possible overtime when tax deadlines are approaching.
You’ll be office-based but will spend some time travelling to visit businesses and attend meetings.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could move through HMRC's promotion structure to more senior or specialist posts.
You could go into the private sector as a tax adviser, or become a self-employed tax consultant.
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Last updated: 22 December 2016