Customer services

Tax adviser

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

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £50,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

What's it all about?

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


You can get into this job through a higher apprenticeship as a taxation technician or accountancy taxation professional.

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

Other Routes

You could start as an assistant in an accounting department and apply for a position as a trainee adviser with a company. You'll usually need 2 to 3 A levels.

You can apply directly to employers if you've got some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this job. For example, you could transfer from another profession like accountancy or law. You'll need to apply for membership of the Association of Taxation Technicians, or work towards the Chartered Tax Adviser qualification offered by the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

You could apply for a graduate trainee scheme offered by many of the larger financial companies and banks. You'll usually need a good pass at degree level as this option is very competitive. Subjects like accountancy or maths may be useful, although not essential. You can also complete a professional qualification through the Association of Taxation Technicians or the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

You'll need to be registered as an 'approved person' by the Financial Conduct Authority

You can join the Chartered Institute of Taxation or Association of Taxation Technicians for professional development and to make industry contacts.

£18,000 to £50,000

Starter salary: £18,000 to £25,000

Experienced salary: £30,000 to £40,000

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

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.

With experience, you could open your own tax consultancy.

You can find out more about becoming a tax adviser from the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Association of Taxation Technicians.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • excellent maths and IT skills
  • the ability to analyse complex information and solve problems
  • excellent communication skills
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