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The tax landscape is constantly changing. Your knowledge will help high-profile organisations, entrepreneurs and family businesses understand complex rules and make informed decisions with significant impacts.

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Working in Tax

You’ll work with a range of clients from day one to understand their business affairs and discuss how tax rules apply to them. This could be with entrepreneurs or individual employees; advising on complex personal tax issues and implications of international assignments. Or with large multinationals; from local and overseas corporate tax compliance, to the tax implications of business decisions and how they reward their people.

We’ll support you to apply your knowledge, to develop your network and understand the breadth of the tax services we provide to our clients. You’ll also develop key professional and transferable skills right from the start, giving you the foundation to develop your career as an agile and client focused tax professional.

But that’s just the start - our Tax practice is a varied and exciting place to be and we pride ourselves on career mobility.

The Legal experience

The Tax experience

We take the time to ensure that you’re fully prepared for client engagements and can talk confidently about our complete Tax offering - from the more traditional Tax processes, through to the revolutionary technologies we can offer our clients. Our approach combines a market-leading innovative internal tax training programme with an accelerated professional qualifications pathway to allow you to apply your expertise directly to client issues early in your journey.

You’ll also use the latest technology to support your work. Whether that’s communicating to clients and their employees in another country, implementing new pay structures in line with tax rules or advising businesses on their corporate tax obligations. 

You can choose to apply to our Tax teams through two routes; our core Tax programme, where you’ll experience a number of areas of Tax, or through our alternative Tax programmes where you’ll specialise from day one:

Core Tax programme

Working in core Tax gives you the opportunity to rotate across our Direct, Indirect and Reward & Employment Tax teams in the first two years of your PwC journey. 

This could involve working in Direct Tax to help clients - from FTSE 100 companies and global organisations, to budding entrepreneurs and high-net worth individuals - manage their tax risk and comply with complex legislation.

As part of our Indirect Tax practice, you could be involved in everything from advising clients on the VAT implications of their UK activities to a global project looking at the clients’ supply chain, to considering the impact of case law developments, or advising on a merger or acquisition.

Or work in Reward & Employment could see you advising clients on the way their employees are rewarded, encourage their retention or ensure the way they act is in the best interests of their company, customers and shareholders. You could also help ensure all pay structures are implemented correctly and in compliance with tax and other rules.

In addition to our core Tax programme, you can choose to apply for a number of other Tax programmes; where you’ll join an individual team from day one. See details in the other tabs for opportunities in Tax Compliance, Accounting Services and Global Mobility Services.

Tax Compliance

Working within the Compliance Services (CS) team you’ll work with our high profile clients on their personal, corporate and indirect tax returns. Example activities might include:

  • Deliver clean data for preparation activities.
  • Work with our clients to gather information for data exchange.
  • Responsibility for requesting data from clients and taxpayers. 
  • Ensuring that any non-standard activity is captured and shared in advance of undertaking the work.
  • Prepare tax works/calculations, making any necessary amendments based on instruction from the reviewer, client portfolio leader, client or taxpayer.

 

Accounting Services

Our Accounting Services team (part of our Compliance Services team) is a market-focused business providing outsourced accounting services to national and multinational corporations with a focus on helping them remain compliant and providing insights into their operations. 

Accounting Services has a varied and prestigious client base and works with various specialists in their own field which, combined with the importance placed on continuous technical training and personal development, provides an excellent opportunity for career development.

Global Mobility Services

The Global Mobility Services (GMS) team works closely with global companies to assist in moving their people around the world. Moving assignees globally can be complex and costly for organisations and the GMS team works with clients to develop strategies for global mobility, tax and social security advice for their mobile employees, and provide the necessary tax compliance services. 

You'll work on diverse projects across all sectors of the economy, providing vital support to clients. And whatever you work on, you'll learn about employment tax risk, employment cost reduction and employer social responsibility.

Joining as a School or College Leaver

Depending on the Tax team you join, you'll enjoy plenty of practical, on-the-job training while studying towards a professional qualification which will vary depending on the programme. Many of our School Leavers will work with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) to secure the Certificate in Finance, Accounting and Business (CFAB) or study towards the ATT (Association of Tax Technicians) as a core part of their programme.  In England and Wales you'll also gain a Level 4 Apprenticeship across your School and College Leaver Programme.

Our training provider has created a bespoke exam course to equip you with the technical knowledge required for the apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship provides the opportunity to learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours an ICAEW or ATT School Leaver is expected to acquire throughout the programme (the learning element of the apprenticeship). The exam courses, skill days and work experience obtained in your qualification will allow you to acquire these. You’ll demonstrate your knowledge in the end point assessment, which consists of a written portfolio of evidence based on your work experience in those last 6-9 months, followed by a Role Simulation exam.

Along the way you’ll have access to a dedicated Professional Qualifications team, and have access to a strong support network which will include - external Tutors and Talent Coaches, and your career coach, buddies and peers from PwC. All of them will be familiar with what you’re going through, as they’ll have also completed Professional qualifications. 

 

Life in Tax

Early in your career you'll have the opportunity to gain a breadth of experience across some of our core tax specialisms - giving you the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge and build your network. 

On our core Tax programme you’ll then become aligned to a particular part of our Tax practice in your third year. This breadth of experience, together with an agile mindset, is an important part of working in Tax. You’ll learn from different clients and develop your transferable professional skills by working with a range of teams. We encourage you to bring your own strengths and experiences to each team you work with, and deliver ideas and suggestions to foster collaboration.

If you join Compliance Services or Global Mobility Services, you’ll have the same access to the different and varied clients, but you’ll be aligned to your team from day one.

As a predominantly office based team, this gives you the opportunity to build vital colleague relationships and inclusive environments. Across our Tax practice we champion Feel Good Friday - an initiative to highlight some of our personal achievements each week. We often have the most office stability across PwC teams, with a real focus on empowering your day through flexibility working in tandem with your commitments and passions outside of work. We pride ourselves on this team culture across every office and our social events are testament to this.

The future of Tax

In Tax, the use of data analytics for both tax compliance and tax consulting will soon become the norm; tax professionals will also be data analysts. Information previously held in paper files can now be collected in seconds, freeing up our professionals to do strategic work by using this data in new ways. We’re now able to analyse entire data sets, as opposed to smaller samples, and make decisions quicker and with increased accuracy.

Over the next few years, we’ll fundamentally transform the way we go about tax compliance. This transformation will allow you, our future professionals, to focus more on the logic behind the data queries and fine tune your analytical skills. In turn enhancing your knowledge of technical tax, different client industries and business processes. It’s about working smarter, and using innovation and technology to make that happen.

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