Hello Aweb Community,
I just thought I would try and get some advice off those that have seen it all before...
I recently completed my last ACCA exams and now a full member and I currently work in a small practice (six employees and two partners).
I would like to obtain an additional tax qualification which could either be ATT or CTA or both. I understand that CTA is seen as the gold standard in the tax world but would this be overkill. With my exemptions, I would only have to sit three ATT papers (two computer based and one optional paper). Out of the optional papers I would take Business Compliance or Corporation Tax (the other options being VAT and IHT).
If I then chose to complete CTA after the ATT, I would only have to complete the two advisory papers and the application and interaction paper. If I didn't sit the ATT computer based exams, I would have to complete them for the CTA qualification anyway. Therefore, I could effectively obtain the ATT qualification by just sitting and passing one exam as the two computer based exams can be carried forward for exemptions for CTA.
So, what would you do - Just the ATT, skip the ATT and go straight for CTA or complete ATT and then CTA?
My employer is not really that pushy, so I could just forget exams for good, but I did enjoy learning new things (especially tax) and keeping my knowledge up to date. I am 25 years old with no children so I feel that now is the best time to get this additional qualification, whichever one it may be.
Thanks for reading