Tax inspector

Senior tax professional

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Tax inspectors make sure the correct amount of tax is paid and investigate cases of fraud.

Salary Range: £27,000 to £53,250

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How to become a tax inspector

You can get into this job through:

  • applying directly
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Direct application

You’ll need to apply for a place on HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Tax Specialist Programme and have one of the following:

  • a degree in any subject, minimum second class
  • an equivalent award like a professional accountancy qualification

More information

Further information

You can find out more about working in taxation from Civil Service Careers.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

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What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • examining business accounts
  • visiting businesses to interview board directors, lawyers and accountants
  • investigating suspected fraud
  • offering specialist advice about tax
  • negotiating settlements
  • representing HMRC at appeals tribunals
  • considering and applying tax law to cases
  • leading a team of caseworkers and administrative staff
  • managing relationships between HMRC and customers

Working environment

You could work at a client’s business or in an office.

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move through HMRC’s promotion structure to more senior or specialist posts.

You could go into the private sector as a tax adviser, or become a self-employed tax consultant.

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