Private Client Tax Trainee (ATT/CTA) Graduate Programme September 2024

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DEADLINE 5th December 2023
City of London | Romford

When you work for Moore Kingston Smith, you will become part of a team that strongly encourages individual thinking and an entrepreneurial attitude. The environment is friendly, stimulating and progressive. You are treated as a person, not a number. With over 700 people across six offices, we are large enough to provide you with exposure to a huge variety of opportunities and responsibilities, but small enough to know who everyone is.

Our ATT/CTA graduate programme gets your career off to a great start as you study while gaining valuable experience on the job. Our ATT programme is a great opportunity for those who have graduated from university or those looking to change career to get started in a career in personal taxation.

You’ll complete a comprehensive apprenticeship training programme that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to excel in the role and deliver the service our clients expect from us. We are committed to giving our employees first class training in a personal and friendly working environment, with support from a Buddy, Training Manager, Training Partner and dedicated Early Talent Team.

Joining Moore Kingston Smith on our ATT/CTA graduate programme means you will receive fantastic training that allows you to experience working in a growing tax team acting for a variety of clients across a wide range of sectors. You will sit within our private client tax team, which provide a range of services to both clients of the wider firm and tax clients only.

Right from the start of your training contract you will be working with clients, getting to know their affairs and understanding their challenges. You will be encouraged to take responsibility early on in your training contract and you will be exposed to all aspects of a job.

In this role, you will predominantly support senior colleagues with the annual tax compliance cycle to include the preparation and submission of tax returns, liaising with clients, and dealing with HMRC queries. As you progress in your role, you can expect to be given more responsibility and the opportunity to assist on bespoke tax advisory projects. You will be given support and guidance in all tasks that you are asked to undertake and gain exposure across the wider business and learning about the different ways in which we support and engage with our clients.

Route of Study

As well as learning on the job, you’ll complete a comprehensive apprenticeship training programme that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to excel in the role.

Successful candidates will be supported throughout their professional studies towards the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) qualification and achieving Chartered Taxation Advisor (CTA) status, which will give you the skills and knowledge required to deliver the service our clients expect from us. An example of what your study route may look like is below.

Year 1

  • ATT Modules: Law, Professional Ethics
  • ATT Paper 1 & 2

Year 2

  • ATT Paper 3
  • CTA Advisory Paper 1

Year 3

  • CTA Advisory Paper 2
  • CTA Application & Interaction
  • EPA Application and Professional Skills
  • EPA Project Report

Who are we looking for?

The ATT/CTA training programme is open to graduates from any degree discipline, whether straight out of university or someone looking for a career change or return to work. Our people possess an enthusiasm for working in collaboration with their colleagues, supported closely by partners and managers.

Our key focus is to provide excellent client service, meaning a ‘can do’ attitude is vital. We’re looking for people who are adaptable, enjoy building relationships and are passionate about developing themselves. For full details of the skills we look for please see:

In order to be eligible for the programme, you will also need to have:

  • 112 UCAS points from three A-Levels (or equivalent)
  • 2:2 or above from a degree in any discipline
  • Availability to work from September 2024
  • Permission to work in the UK for at least 3 years, from September 2024

Recruitment process

For more information about the recruitment process, please see:

The Early Talent team are here to support you throughout the recruitment process and on the training contract. In confidence, we can discuss the individual support and adjustments you may need. A few examples of the support we can provide include, but are not limited to: providing the application form in a different format, providing presentation slides in advance, scheduling regular comfort breaks, or printing copies of presentation slides.

If successful in securing a place on our training contract, we will organise a confidential call to discuss how we can work with you on the training contract to enable you to perform at your best. To have a confidential conversation with the Early Talent team before applying, please contact

DEADLINE 5th December 2023