Trainee Tax Adviser / Apprentice Tax Technician
Annual Salary: In the range of £10,000 - £12,000
Every area of your day-to-day life is impacted by tax, whether it be the food you eat for breakfast, the oil, electricity, or gas you use to heat your house, or the road that you travel to college or work on. The things that we take for granted in a civilised society such as hospitals, schools, transportation routes, fire services and police forces are all paid for by taxation. Tax professionals help individuals, businesses, and charities to pay the right amount of tax and help them remain tax compliant.
Who are we looking for: A well organised and conscientious Sixth-Form or College leaver who has completed A Levels, and who has good communication skills and a flair for problem solving. This role will appeal to someone that wants to kick-start their career by getting on-the-job experience whilst getting paid at the same time, as an alternative to taking the University route into working life.
The opportunity: Taking the first steps into a career in taxation has never been more exciting! Modern day careers in taxation offer a huge amount of variety and intellectual stimulation - with every annual budget the tax rules change, and individuals and businesses need help and advice navigating complex tax legislation.
Furthermore, HMRC’s ambition is: ‘to become one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world’ - you may have heard of ‘Making Tax Digital’ in the news. This poses a huge opportunity for our firm and for our people and Page Kirk is making a conscious and concerted effort to blaze a trail into this digital era of taxation and accountancy.
About the role and the qualification you will achieve: This role has a very heavy focus around helping our clients stay on top of their tax compliance responsibilities, but there will also be opportunities to provide tax advice.
Alongside your responsibilities at work, you will undertake a training contract (apprenticeship agreement) and study towards completing the ATT qualification. Page Kirk will provide paid study leave and will fully fund your studies towards becoming an ATT qualified Taxation Technician.
What this role could lead to: Becoming ATT qualified and having practice experience on your CV is invaluable for a successful career in taxation; typically progressing your career within an accountancy practice (as a tax adviser). Once you are ATT qualified, the natural career progression in terms of further qualification would be to study towards becoming a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).
Duties will include:
- Day to day management of your own portfolio of clients
- Meet clients, as part of the tax team
- Preparation of self-assessment personal tax returns
- Preparation of forms P11d (return of benefits and expenses)
- Carry out tax research and summarise findings
- Analyse data
- Checking HM Revenue & Customs correspondence and communications issued to the client
- Representing the client in the event of an HM Revenue & Customs investigation (you will not be expected to deal with these unassisted)
- Written and verbal communications with clients and HM Revenue & Customs
- Use of technology, software and Apps to handle data-processing
- Working to weekly/monthly/quarterly deadlines as part of the wider advisory team
- Helping to prepare blogs and articles relevant to your area of work when required
- Have achieved 3 A levels at grades A-C or equivalent. Maths and English would be preferable but not a necessity
- Have achieved GCSE or equivalent Maths and English at grade B / grade 5 or above
- No prior relevant work experience is expected or necessary
- This role is an apprenticeship in taxation and therefore people who have a degree-level qualification need not apply
Essential Skills and Knowledge:
- Tech-proficient – must be confident and comfortable learning and using new software
- Must be numerate and have good literacy and general communication skills
- Conscientious and organised, must be able to prioritise and organise workload to work to tight deadlines
- Confident and personable
- Hard-working, trustworthy, and diligent, must have good attention to detail and take pride in presenting accurate work
Who are we: Page Kirk are a medium-sized firm of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers based in Nottingham. We were named best practice by the ICAEW East Midlands (1-10 partner category) in 2019. As a firm of the future our primary focus is building long-term relationships with our clients by understanding their goals and needs and working closely with them to provide the absolute best advice with particular emphasis on delivering a personal service.
Page Kirk has doubled its leadership team in the last 12 months by increasing its number of partners from 3 to 6. We have huge ambitions for growth, the effects of which we are beginning to see already, and as such we need to grow our team with like-minded and capable individuals.
Fully funded progression towards the full ATT qualification (Levels 2, 3 & 4)
Paid study leave
Enhanced holiday entitlement
A friendly, centrally located office, with access to good transport links
Supportive learning environment with knowledgeable mentors and excellent peer group keen to share
Structured development with measurable milestones
Fully paid opportunities to participate in a wide range of social activities
Working for a caring employer, committed to social responsibility, and regularly engaging in fundraising activity for deserving causes
Christmas shutdown, office closure from Christmas Eve till after New Year’s Day
How to apply:
If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a member of the Page Kirk team fill in the online application form by clicking below. This will take you to an online jobs portal to upload your CV and covering letter explaining why you would like to be a Taxation Technician and why you would like to work for Page Kirk. After submitting all your documents, we do ask you to fill in a personal profile online which includes career history, skills, and qualifications.
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“Having left school not knowing what I wanted to do as a career I ended up doing some seasonal work in France but when I came back to England I wasn’t sure what I would do.
I applied to work at Page Kirk and was soon offered a job in their new outsourcing department with the opportunity to study AAT which I very happily took them up on. Page Kirk funded all the costs involved in gaining my qualification and I was helped at every stage by more experienced colleagues, whether that was in the actual job or to do with studies, everyone around was happy to help me learn and develop.
The work is so varied, it really keeps you on your toes and I’m finding that 20 years later I’m still learning! I appreciate having a career that keeps me interested, I think I would soon be fed up if it was the same work, day in day out.”
“To put it simply, Page Kirk is a brilliant place to work and has done wonders for both my professional and personal development. Everyone is always willing to help each other out, motivating each other to be the best we possibly can be. It is exciting to be part of a forward-thinking firm that is continuing to grow, providing the opportunity for progression for those who wish to move up the career ladder and I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of the Page Kirk family.”
“Page Kirk offers the opportunity to work with a wide range of industry sectors and gives you a chance to experience many areas of audit, accountancy and tax – an experience not always afforded by the larger firms.”
“Page Kirk enables me to grow as an individual and allows for excellent career progression.
We all have a close relationship which enables us to work efficiently and ensures our clients get the best level of service, as well as us enjoying our working week.”
“The partners and managers are always open to hear my ideas and perspective and actively encourages feedback to improve the firm and the service we provide. Page Kirk also gives me the necessary experience to develop along with the support of my colleagues. There is a great sense of community, where each member aims to empower one another.”