ICAS Tax Professional graduates share their experience and advice

Want to know what the ICAS Tax Professional Qualification is really like? Meet current and past students and discover how ITP can help develop your tax career.

Jade Maclaren CA ITP

Tax Manager, PwC UK

Having moved to PwC as a corporate tax senior associate, Jade studied ITP as a dual qualification with the CA at KPMG. Jade believes the ITP qualification has given her the necessary knowledge to undertake her role and communicate effectively with her clients over a variety of tax issues.

"After completing a tax module in my third year of university, I decided to pursue a career in tax and was really interested in completing the dual qualification, as ITP and CA complement each other. 

"The volume of information to learn was challenging, however, the support received made this manageable. For example, at KPMG I had designated members of staff to answer my queries and at ICAS, lecturers were always on hand to offer guidance.

"Gaining the ITP qualification will undoubtedly contribute towards my future career in tax. I would recommend ITP to others as the syllabus contains material covering all taxes (personal tax, corporation tax & indirect taxes), which allows students to develop and learn technical knowledge in each of these areas.  

"It can also be completed in conjunction with the CA qualification which enables you to increase your business and commercial knowledge. Be prepared to work hard, but the benefits are worth it."

David Hancock CA ITP

Senior Associate, Transaction Services PwC UK

David works for KPMG and studied the dual CA ITP qualification. 

"The breadth of skills I have developed doing the CA and ITP has definitely helped me so far, specifically on my current secondment as I've worked as part of the Tax, Commercial Finance, and Accounting teams.  

"I simply wouldn't have been able to offer the client this level of versatility without the ITP," said David. "Tax is such an important issue and public awareness of tax has never been higher.  

"What I now have is a very particular set of skills; skills which I acquired studying the ITP and which equip me to fulfil my duties as an advisor. 

"I was one of the first classes to take on ITP and I was impressed by how well structured the content was across an incredible breadth of complex subjects. That, alongside the ever-patient tutors, couldn't have better prepared me for taking on the exams!

"You can never have too many feathers in your cap and doing the ITP will help to set you apart."

Siobhan Blunden CA ITP

Manager, Indirect Taxes KPMG

Having completed a summer internship with KPMG, Siobhan was offered a graduate position and the opportunity to undertake the dual CA and ITP qualification whilst pursuing a career in VAT.

"The ITP qualification will help me in my future career development in Tax as I have a broader understanding of tax as a whole, rather than only focusing on one single area such as Indirect Tax. 

"This broader understanding has given me greater insight for working on multi-tax engagements and a consideration of the wider tax implications for clients. From this, I have been able to provide a higher level of service to my clients because I have an awareness of the different tax implications one client project may have.

"Whilst the dual qualification is hard work, to have the two qualifications provides you with an excellent foundation for your career and also recognises the importance of tax in business today."

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