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CTA

In order to become a tax practitioner, you may study to be a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA). This may be as a single qualification (ether in Direct Tax or Indirect Tax) or as a joint qualification alongside ACA. You are likely to study for the single CTA qualification with us if you work in Private Client Services, Tax Disputes Resolution and Human Capital.

You are likely to study for the joint CTA/ACA qualification if you work in Corporate Tax. The CTA qualification is awarded by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), the leading professional body for taxation in the UK. Membership of the CIOT is recognised as the gold standard for tax specialists.

By following our CTA tax training programme (whether as a single qualification or a joint qualification), you will learn how to be a skilled tax adviser. In addition to the qualification itself, you will be taught certain discipline-specific skills as part of our training partnership with

The CTA programme (taken as a single qualification) takes approximately two-and-a-half years, and will help you develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes that are not only essential for passing the exams, but also for building a successful tax career with us. If you are on the VAT (Indirect) stream of the single qualification programme, it takes about six months less to complete. The joint qualification takes one year less but has the same objectives. Although the CTA element of the joint training programme is shorter, it forms part of a longer, three-year programme during which time you will also obtain the ACA qualification.

All pathways of our CTA tax training programme is designed and delivered by our in-house team of qualified tutors. You will benefit from a very generous amount of classroom learning (as compared with industry standards), accompanied and supported by your peers, as well as the opportunity for the completion of homework exercises, private study and work-based experience in the office. You will also be assigned a dedicated personal tutor to support your learning throughout the programme.

We have outlined below the typical path you would expect to take as a graduate on our CTA programme taken as a single qualification.

1st Year:

Work you may undertake

  • Getting to know the firm, our processes and clients
  • Plenty of shadowing more senior colleagues and managers to learn key skills

Qualification

  • Law exams (CTA Direct Tax Pathway) – Computer Based Examinations
  • Ethics & Law exams (CTA Indirect Tax Pathway) – Computer Based Examinations

2nd Year:

Work you may undertake

  • Increase the amount of contact with clients
  • Less hand holding and shadowing of managers
  • With more responsibility delegating work to first years

Qualifications

  • Ethics exam (CTA Direct Pathway)
  • CTA Awareness Exams (CTA Direct and Indirect Pathways) in a single sitting
  • CTA Advisory Exam (CTA Indirect Pathway) in a single sitting

3rd Year:

Work you may undertake

  • Size of clients you interact with increases
  • Attend more meetings and you will have a lot more interaction with clients
  • Take ownership of client relationships

Qualifications

  • CTA Advisory and Case Study exams (CTA Indirect Pathway only) in a single sitting
  • Two CTA Advisory and Case Study exams (CTA Direct Pathway only) over two sittings

The learning to support the Advisory and Case Study exams is undertaken throughout the programme

If you undertake the joint qualification you take the CTA Advisory paper as one of the final papers of your ACA qualification and the CTA Case Study exam after you have completed the ACA qualification. You also have to study for the Ethics Computer Based Assessment which has to be passed before you enter for the CTA Case Study exams.

For more details on the CTA qualification, see www.tax.org.uk . Please be aware that qualifications and courses can be updated and are subject to change.