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Yvonne Maher, Tax Manager, KPMG

As a student, speaking with people in the tax profession deepened my understanding of a career in tax and whet my appetite to learn more.

Tax is always changing and evolving, yet is part of every person’s and every business’s daily life. This combination reassured me that I was making a wise and exciting career choice. Also no two clients are the same, meaning no two days are the same! Keeping on top of tax legislation changes and emerging case law means the job is never static and remains interesting.

I now work as a Tax Manager in KPMG, Hong Kong. I love the fact that I have the opportunity to obtain an understanding of the tax systems in other countries and interact with these jurisdictions on a daily basis in addition to the continuous learning opportunities that are involved for me.

David Clancy, Principal, Clancy & Associates, Dublin

A career in tax is demanding, especially at a time of an increasing number of tax deadlines but the rewards are very attractive too.

There is no typical day. The challenges offered are so varied from finding solutions to questions – reviewing legislation, reference books and Revenue practice – to finding the sometimes elusive answer to a tax problem.

The thing I like best about the role is dealing with so many different people.

I have always been passionate about sport, and one of the key specialisms of my company is advising high-profile sports people and entertainers on personal taxation issues.

Bernard Doherty, Partner, Grant Thornton

I qualified as an engineer when I was 21 and opportunities for engineers in Ireland were not at their peak when I graduated. I knew a little about tax and quickly learned that the same key skills applied to both careers.

Tax advisers need to have extensive knowledge of tax legislation but, like engineers, the key is the ability to apply the knowledge you have to solve everyday challenges in the real world.

I enjoy what I do; there is huge variety in my role and I am constantly working with people to help them reach the right decisions in their businesses. No two businesses are the same; no two sets of personal circumstances are the same. The knowledge, skill and decisiveness of the tax advisers are tested every day – that's what makes it so challenging.

Grace Brennan, Tax Manager, KPMG, Dublin

Having studied business and legal studies at university, there were a number of choices for me: law or accountancy. I chose tax because it marries the two!

This career requires strong analytical skills, an appetite to find answers to problems and an ability to translate complex tax concepts into practical solutions.

I would definitely recommend tax as a career.

Ilona McElroy, Tax Manager, PwC, New York & Dublin

The AITI qualification, coupled with the on-the-job training I received and the wonderful support offered by the firm at every stage of my professional exams, really prepared me for my role as a tax manager in the European Tax Group in PwC, New York.

Working in tax is always challenging, rewarding and never dull. It might sound clichéd – but every day really is different.

Anyone who wants a career that offers great variety, an opportunity to travel, to work with diverse businesses and that combines working with numbers, legislation and people should definitely consider a career in tax.



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