Tax is a fact of life – it is deducted from our wages, levied on our purchases (VAT), paid by companies…. and rarely out of the news headlines these days.
However, to think Tax is all about numbers is wrong! Yes, there are numbers involved, but to us, a career in Tax is all about working with people and businesses – it is about getting to know your clients and working with them to help them manage what tax they pay to achieve their goals.
RSM’s clients range from wealthy individuals to large companies and we offer a broad spectrum of services to their requirements. The services we offer to clients are tailored to meet individual needs. The breadth of skills and services that RSM offer coupled with the wide range of clients we serve means that you have the opportunity to follow the career path that you want.
Tax with RSM is an area that provides graduates a solid foundation in a broad range of taxes with the opportunity to specialise at a later stage.
Students will be involved in client work from day one – from liaising with clients over the phone or in person, to preparing and completing tax returns for submission to H M Revenue & Customs.
You can expect to be involved in a range of duties, including the preparation and filing of tax returns, reconciliation of tax liabilities and dealing with client queries.
Tax is a technically demanding discipline, so students would be expected to demonstrate a willing to learn. Good communication and business skills are essential as we encourage all our people to develop relationships with clients.
What can I expect 6 months to 2 years down the line?
Throughout your career you can expect to have the space to grow and be challenged, whilst at the same time, have the comfort of the support of your manager and colleagues. We actively encourage innovative thinking and the development of soft skills alongside your technical training, and there is no better place to do this than in the workplace.
Once tax students have passed their ATT exams, the complexity of your work will increase and you will have the opportunity to get involved in more challenging taxation issues. We also expect you to now be competent enough to work independently.
Within three years, tax students will be coming towards the end of their CTA (Chartered Tax Adviser) studies, and will have a thorough understanding of tax. This will be reflected in the complexity of their workload and other responsibilities such as reviewing the work of other staff.