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Graduate Apprenticeship - Business Tax

James Cowper Kreston
Reading Bridge House, George Street, Reading, RG1 8LS
£23,000.00 annually
Closing date
17 Dec 2023

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What you will do in your working day

In Business Tax we advise companies and their owners on their tax affairs, mainly in relation to corporation tax but also stamp duty, employment taxes and even tax on complex share arrangements. A great deal of our time is also spent on advisory projects; international expansion, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and succession planning to state a few examples.

Your initial focus would be on understanding how a company's corporation tax return works, how it links to the company's accounts and some of the key components that make it up, along with the tax technical rules around it. You would build this knowledge up in your early career until in your second and third years you would expect to get more involved in advisory projects, working with Managers.

You would learn how to interact with third parties, such as our clients and HMRC, and work alongside experienced seniors, managers, directors, and partners.

As an example, by the end of your first year, we aim for you to be able to:
  • Perform first reviews of basic corporation tax computations and returns
  • Be aware and able to discuss principles around R&D relief, capital allowances
  • Assist Managers on advisory projects on an ad-hoc basis and when they arise on clients you are assigned to
  • Attend meetings alongside a manager and become a point of contact for some of the clients you work on
  • Be comfortable dealing with HMRC over the phone

The training you will be getting
  • You will be ACA and CTA qualified
  • Training will be a mix of classroom based courses, self-study and on-the-job learning
  • Classroom sessions will be block release and generally take place at our training provider's premises in central Reading

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship
  • After achieving the ACA and CTA qualifications, you will also start to progress towards a management role with our internal Management Development programme. This could allow you to potentially forge a route all the way to being a Partner in the firm

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, A strong work ethic, An enthusiasm to learn


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 4 or higher) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4 or higher) Essential
A Level or equivalent All subjects excl General Studies (Grade 3 A-levels Grade A*-C) Essential
Other Undergraduate degree in any subject (Grade 2.2 or higher) Essential

Things to consider

Your wellbeing is our top priority, so you'll also benefit from: • A buddy, and line manager, to support you throughout your career • Hybrid working • Mental Health First Aiders in all offices • Social committee in each office • Pizza lunch on last working day of each month

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