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HM Revenue and Customs

Tax Specialist Programme 2020

Salary notes: 
National £30,880 - £41,683 London £35,105 - £45,054
Job/scheme locations: 
Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham,Cardiff,Bristol, Croydon, Stratford
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Application deadline: 

HMRC’s Tax Specialist Programme (TSP) leads to work as a generalist tax professional or specialist in technical or investigative work. This is an intensive programme lasting around 3 years, designed to give you technical knowledge and professional skills you will need when dealing with HMRC’s customers.

Job description

Stage 1 provides you with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills across different areas of tax. You will be able to put this learning into practice with your own portfolio of compliance casework. This will involve checking the tax liabilities of a range of businesses, helping customers get their tax right, and challenging those who are not complying with their legal obligations.

Stage 2 deepens your tax knowledge and builds broader professional skills that HMRC needs from its tax professional leaders.

The programme typically involves a number of self-study modules supported by tutor led training sessions at one of our training centres. These tutorials may involve some travel and there will be a formal exam at the end of each module.

HMRC are currently exploring ways in which the programme may lead to an external qualification. Previously, successful completion of Stage 2 has led to a BA (Hons) degree in Professional Studies in Taxation but this is currently under review.

You will be supported throughout the programme and given real responsibility early on. You will be carrying out interviews and site visits to check that the right tax is being paid, and perhaps even leading a team.

Your programme and training will include:

  • Modular study for examinations in tax (study time is built into the programme although most trainees find they need to supplement this with further study in their own time, especially near exams)
  • Practical work, including interviewing customers and challenging their tax returns.
  • Working within teams and building on that experience to develop and demonstrate leaderships skills.
  • Regular reviews and appraisals by your manager to ensure you are applying your tax learning in your practical work and that your performance is on line with the course requirements.
  • On successful completion of the programme, you will be promoted to a Grade 7 post as a senior tax professional.

Qualifications Required:

  • Non Civil Servant: minimum 2:2 Hons Degree or equivalent, obtained or expected before September 2020.
  • Civil-Servant: You are eligible to apply if you are a serving civil servant recruited through a process of fair and open competition. You do not need any qualifications to apply.

If you have not been recruited under a full fair and open competition then you can apply as an external applicant if you have a minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent qualification.

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More about this vacancy

Start date: 
September 2020
East Midlands, London, North East, North West, South West, West Midlands, Northern Ireland, Edinburgh and Lothian, Glasgow, Wales
Number of vacancies: 
Pension scheme (with company contribution), Season ticket loan
Days' holiday: 
Extra benefits: 
Ongoing training & support at every step, flexible working options, an inclusive & diverse culture

Degree subjects accepted:

All degree subjects accepted
Degree requirements: 
Distinction, First, 2.1, 2.2
Accepts applications from students / graduates requiring a work permit?: