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

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.

£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.

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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