Areas of work, specialisms and alternatives


25 Jan 2023, 13:36

Tax advisers are at the heart of the decision-making process, finding the best tax solutions to deal with commercial and personal circumstances.

Close-up of a hand filling out a tax form with a fountain pen, with a calculator and red pencil nearby.

Tax is a dynamic and fast-paced career. The tax
implications of transactions must always be

The role of a tax adviser is exciting and ever-changing.
Combining analysis and interpretation of tax law with
excellent communication skills and business acumen, tax
advisers bring logic and problem-solving to bear whether
they are advising a major multinational, an Irish-owned
family business or a private individual.

Tax advisers can find themselves working in many
environments, not only in professional services firms and
legal firms but also throughout the corporate and public

Who would it suit?

It is not necessary to come from business or legal
disciplines, but those who have may benefit from
exemptions from certain exams. In addition, engineers,
scientists and arts graduates have become highly
successful tax advisers.

Types of employer

  • Accounting firms
  • Tax consultancy practices
  • Legal firms
  • Financial services sector

How to get hired

It is not necessary to have a training contract to become a tax
adviser, however many secure tax training contracts in
professional services firms whilst pursuing their professional
tax qualification. Most employers recruit through online
application forms and competency-based interviews.
The larger firms recruit through summer internships
(applications closing in February) and the milkround
(applications closing in October). Other employers recruit
all year round.

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