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Job Description

Tax Inspectors will work for the HM Revenue & Customs to make sure organisations and individuals pay the correct amount of tax and by the deadline that it is due. They are responsible for investigating tax evasion and will offer advice to individuals, companies and organisations or a range of tax related issues.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need to apply for a place on HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC’s) Tax Specialist Programme and have one of the following:

  • a degree (minimum 2:2) in any subject
  • an equivalent award like a professional accountancy qualification

You must meet UK nationality requirements to apply for jobs in the civil service.

HMRC also runs an 8-week, paid internship programme for final year degree students.

Career Path and Progression

With experience, you could move through HMRC's promotion structure to more senior or specialist posts.

You could go into the private sector as a tax adviser, or become a self-employed tax consultant.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Auditor
  • Civil service executive officer
  • Customs officer
  • Management accountant
  • Private practice accountant

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

You need:

  • to have good negotiating skills and powers of persuasion
  • the ability to make decisions
  • to be able to investigate and analyse complex information
  • a creative approach to problem solving

Starting Salary

£27,000 to £53,250

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