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Tax Specialist Programme (Graduate) 2020, HMRC, Belfast, £30, 880 - £41, 683


This is an intensive programme lasting around 3 years, designed to give you technical knowledge and professional skills you will need when dealing with HMRC’s customers.

HMRC’s Tax Specialist Programme (TSP) leads to work as a generalist tax professional or specialist in technical or investigative work.

Job description

Stage 1 provides you with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills across different areas of tax. You will be able to put this learning into practice with your own portfolio of compliance casework. This will involve checking the tax liabilities of a range of businesses, helping customers get their tax right, and challenging those who are not complying with their legal obligations.

Stage 2 deepens your tax knowledge and builds broader professional skills that HMRC needs from its tax professional leaders.

The programme typically involves a number of self-study modules supported by tutor led training sessions at one of our training centres. These tutorials may involve some travel and there will be a formal exam at the end of each module.

HMRC are currently exploring ways in which the programme may lead to an external qualification. Previously, successful completion of Stage 2 has led to a BA (Hons) degree in Professional Studies in Taxation but this is currently under review.

You will be supported throughout the programme and given real responsibility early on. You will be carrying out interviews and site visits to check that the right tax is being paid, and perhaps even leading a team.

Your programme will include:

Modular study for examinations in tax (study time is built into the programme although most trainees find they need to supplement this with further study in their own time, especially near exams)

Practical work, including interviewing customers and challenging their tax returns.

Working within teams and building on that experience to develop and demonstrate leaderships skills.

Regular reviews and appraisals by your manager to ensure you are applying your tax learning in your practical work and that your performance is on line with the course requirements.

Qualifications Required:

Non Civil Servant: minimum 2:2 Hons Degree or equivalent, obtained or expected before September 2020.

Civil-Servant: You are eligible to apply if you are a serving civil servant recruited through a process of fair and open competition. You do not need any qualifications to apply.

If you have not been recruited under a full fair and open competition then you can apply as an external applicant if you have a minimum 2:2 degree or equivalent qualification.

Further information


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Communicating and Influencing
Delivering at Pace
Making Effective Decisions
Managing a Quality Service
Working Together


• Ongoing training and support at every step
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension
• 22 days annual leave rising to 25 after 1 year's service

If you are applying for a role in an office within a regional centre location or a transitional or specialist site, then the following may apply: Daily Travel Assistance will be available for this role, provided the successful applicant is a current HMRC employee and meets the eligibility requirements outlined in the department’s Daily Travel Assistance guidance.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals.

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