Which tax qualification to pursue?

A recently qualified accountant recently asked whether a CTA or an ATT qualification would be the best option at this point in her career. Alex Miller looks at the pros and cons of each.

A recently qualified ACCA member visited Any Answers in July to ask which tax qualification would best support her career progress - ATT or CTA?

The questioner worked for a small firm dealing mainly with sole traders. She was concerned that being CTA-qualified would be over the top for her current role, but also that she might appear under-experienced when applying to Big Four and mid-tier firms (which she was planning to do over the next year).

She considered studying ATT before applying for a tax associate job at a larger firm and letting the firm fund her CTA studies, but wondered whether they would question why she had not chosen that route in the first place instead of ACCA.


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I recommend the ATT    1 thanks

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It's the qualification I chose & the one I recommend to others.

I shot this video recently discussing the ATT: http://youtu.be/lICD4CooB9c

In the video I mention that I was featured in their 2009 Annual Review -- On page 18, a pdf is available from:



The annual reviews are a great resource for people considering the Association of Taxation Technicians.