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Aoife Costello

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I was studying Accounting and Finance in DCU when I applied for a Summer Internship in PwC in 2008. I knew I wanted to proceed with my accountancy qualification and I chose to apply to Tax as I have family who worked in Revenue which always seemed interesting! I joined the Human Resource Services (HRS) Tax department as an Intern for 10 weeks. In HRS we work with clients in relation to a broad range of employment tax, social security and people issues affecting companies.

I really enjoyed my internship and I got a fantastic insight into Tax as a career path. From day one I felt part of the wider team and was assigned a buddy to guide me and help me settle in, and an appraiser who I reported into. I was delighted to be offered a graduate role at the end of my internship and I returned to HRS in October 2010, after completing my Masters in Accounting in DCU. The Firm supported me to study for my AITI tax exams and my Chartered Accountancy exams with CAI. I qualified as Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute (AITI) in 2013 and an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 2012. The job specific training coupled with the unsurpassed exam support sessions in PwC definitely helped me pass my professional exams first time.

By 2015, I was promoted to Tax Manger in HRS. My clients include a significant number of multinational corporations across a variety of industry sectors including banking, technology and pharmaceutical. I assist my client with their Irish employment tax and international mobility issues, Revenue audits, workforce reshaping issues, social security matters and complex director issues.

Over the last six years, I have had the opportunity to travel to the US and Poland to work on client sites, as well as attending PwC Tax Academy training programmes in Rome, Prague and most recently, I tutored on the Tax Academy for a 3 day Global Mobility course in Amsterdam. I am also on the HRS Sports & Social committee - our most recent events were the 1916 bus tour and a Euro 2016 themed night in D2!

No two days are the same in Tax and PwC. What I've enjoyed most is the variety of the work I've been involved in, the different teams I get to work with across the department and other Tax departments and how my role and responsibility have expanded over the last six years.