Tax Dispute Resolution Services Assistant School Leaver (ATT/CTA) - August 2022

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  • Employer RSM
  • Job type School Leaver Programmes
  • Salary Competitive
  • Deadline Ongoing
  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations Manchester Preston
  • Qualifications gained Professional Qualification
  • Date published 23/06/2022

Tax Dispute Resolution Services (TDRS) – get the career you want at RSM


Our TDRS apprenticeship programme will give you all the skills and support you need to unlock a future that’s packed with opportunities and new experiences. You’ll enjoy a powerful combination of on-the-job learning and structured training – not to mention a varied and challenging client list to work with.

Join our team and discover a culture that nurtures individuality, development, and an environment where everyone is supported to reach their potential. With us, you’ll always be moving forward.

What does our TDRS team do?

Tax is a fact of life – it’s deducted from our wages, added to things we buy, paid by companies and rarely out of the news headlines these days. But a career in tax isn’t just about numbers. For our TDRS team it’s about working with people and businesses (sometimes in challenging situations), and HMRC with the aim of resolving tax disputes. Tax disputes come in all shapes and sizes, from a voluntary approach to HMRC to put right something that has gone wrong, or an investigation initiated by HMRC into suspected tax fraud.

Our team has vast experience in dealing with HMRC, and a career in this specialism involves gaining a broad tax experience and exposure to interesting and demanding cases. No two days or two cases are the same for a TDRS specialist. We offer support to clients in what can be a very stressful time, take the pressure away and seek an agreeable resolution with HMRC.

What can you expect?

RSM’s graduate apprenticeship in TDRS offers top quality career development whilst earning a competitive salary. Our apprenticeship programme will give you a solid foundation in a broad range of tax issues.

This role will see you working closely with senior members of the team, involving time pressured tasks ranging from the preparation of letters and reports to complex tax computations in respect of a broad range of investigations and disclosures.  You will also be exposed to interactions with clients and HMRC from an early stage in your career, helping you to develop your negotiation and communication skills. This will be complimented by the specialist tax knowledge that you gain through your professional studies.

You will deal with cases involving tax avoidance and tax evasion in which we are seeking resolution with HMRC, as well as detailed and lengthy investigations conducted by HMRC into a range of taxes. You will also be given responsibility earlier in your career in terms of managing work, and relationships with clients and HMRC, including opportunities to attend both client and HMRC meetings.

The variety of work we do and the range of clients we work with means you’ll have plenty of opportunity to discover a career path that fits your interests and long-term goals. With our support, you’ll have the space to grow professionally so you can confidently take on ever-more challenging tasks.

At RSM, you’ll gain hands-on experience, have access to on-the-job mentoring and train towards a professional tax qualification. When you join this team, you will work towards the ATT and CTA qualifications. We are committed to ensuring that the route through to qualification is the best for you as an individual and maximises your potential. Alongside your technical training, you will attend internal developmental training courses to ensure you have the professional and personal skills to become a trusted Chartered Tax Adviser.
As you come towards the end of your studies, you’ll have a deep understanding of tax. This will be reflected in the complexity of your client work and your responsibilities, including mentoring more junior members of the team.

What we look for

Tax is a technically demanding discipline, so we look for graduates who are always up for a challenge and are quick to grasp new subjects. While you don’t have to be a maths genius, you will need to be comfortable with numbers.

At RSM, you’ll be helping a big range of clients - from wealthy individuals to major multinationals - so it’s important that you’re adaptable. You’ll often need to explain complex technical information during client meetings and in written reports, so we’re looking for graduates with excellent verbal and written communication skills. Good interpersonal skills are essential in terms of interaction with team members, other client teams within RSM, clients and HMRC. We also look for team players with good analytical skills and who are curious about how financial accounting and businesses work.

If that sounds like you, we know you’ll enjoy being part of our team.

Diversity and Inclusion at RSM

At RSM, inclusion and diversity are central to our values. We have an authentic focus on intentional inclusion, enabling our people to feel they can bring their whole self to work and ensuring everyone feels supported, respected and confident to make a valuable contribution.
To find out more, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page on our Careers Website.

Our Recruitment Process

Please note, for those who perform well throughout our assessment process, should your first preference be unavailable, you could potentially be offered a role in another location or department. This would always be discussed with you in this instance.

RSM will only take one application into consideration per intake. We do not accept multiple applications to different vacancies.

Minimum Qualifications

Entry requirements
At RSM, we don't just look for good exam results. We think passion, personality and originality are just as important.

You will need:

  •  112 UCAS (new tariff) across 3 A Levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification or 104 UCAS (new tariff) across 4 Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers. Please note, RSM does not accept General Studies, AS levels or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
  • A predicted or obtained honours degree.

UCAS changed their points system so under the old tariff it would be 280 or 260 points respectively.

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