What did you study in college?
I studied Accounting & Finance in Dublin City University (DCU) specialising in accounting. It was in DCU that I studied a taxation module and really enjoyed it. This was cemented when I successfully applied for a Summer internship in EY and spent some time in the corporate tax department.
Why did tax interest you as a career?
What first interested me was the fact that tax is based on law and different interpretations can apply to specific legislative references, and case law can be used as guidance. I found this aspect really interesting.
What's involved in working in the tax department in EY?
Well, I am a senior manager in the international tax group in EY. A typical day might involve trying to manage the progression of various projects with various different timelines attached to them! It will involve numerous meetings, conference calls and dozens of e-mails. I really enjoy working in a team and the advice we give to clients as a team - it can be very satisfying.
Your career in tax also took you abroad to work, tell us about that experience?
Every year the tax department at EY sends someone from Ireland on a 12 month secondment in the New York office. The role is to act as the Irish tax desk in that office. There are other non US tax desks from all around the world.
I found that every day I was able to put in to practice the skills and knowledge I learned through the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification. There is no doubt that the difference in culture was challenging at times, but overall the buzz of New York was amazing! It was such an opportunity, and I really feel that my qualification gave me that opportunity!
Find out more by visiting the Irish Tax Institute's 'Careers in Tax' website here