Firstly apologies for the long post, and thanks to anyone who reads it all!
I'm currently studying my level 4 AAT qualifiation and having completed the tax modules I've decided it's something that I might be interested in pursuing in the future, however I'm looking for some clarity / advice on what the requirements are for providing services such as self-assessment for personal returns (at least to start with). I'd appreciate it if anyone is able to answer one more of the below please! Disclaimer: I'm aware that tax is a very complicated subject and this isn't something I'm jumping into now, I'm just wondering how best to proceed.
1) Do many people go it alone or are tax services normally provided by practices?
2) In terms of training post-AAT is there some other qualification more tax-specific which I should be looking into? The only one I can find is CIOT, but I don't know if it's something which is useful, nice to have or a waste of time.
3) Are tax returns normally done in person or remotely? There appear to be lots of generic websites which offer to do returns for you and from a technical point of view I can't see why that would be an issue, but in the 'real world' do sole-trader tax return provides tend to work more directly with clients?
4) According to AAT membership guidelines you can't offer personal tax services unless you're a fully registered member, however from what I can see HMRC allows you to be an agent providing you have Money Laundering supervision. Obviously you can get this from AAT as a full member but you can also pay for it yourself. If I was able to get relevant work experience to the point where I was happy to go it alone do I have to be MAAT? Are you able to get PI insurance without being part of an approved body?
5) Does anyone have any recommendations as to where I can go to find out more about this sort of career? The advice from AAT is all rather generalised across a wide range of accountancy areas.