Westcotts is a Top 50+50 Accountancy Practice and Top 50 apprenticeship employer with over 280 team members based across Devon and Somerset.

We are looking for a Trainee Tax Technician to join us on a permanent basis in our Exeter office.

About the role

The Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) is a professional qualification which can help you to achieve a rewarding career in tax and accountancy. You will develop significant knowledge in tax legislation, case law and economics. Under an apprenticeship agreement, we will not only offer you support and mentoring throughout your training; we will also fund the training, pay you your normal salary on the days you attend classes or time in the office to study and give you paid study leave to have extra revision time. You will also receive regular pay reviews. On achievement of the ATT Qualification and with two years’ practical tax experience, students can apply for ATT membership. Members are entitled to use the designatory letters ‘ATT’ after their name and the descriptive title ‘Taxation Technician’.

When not studying you will be gaining valuable work experience supporting the rest of the team in providing a range of taxation services to our clients. You will prepare financial information, reports and returns for a wide range of clients, both businesses and individuals whilst also using computer software to record financial transactions. You will prepare and provide personal and company tax computations, regular VAT returns and bookkeeping services. You will also help in preparing tax returns and other H M Revenue & Customs compliance documents on behalf of clients.

This job description summarises the main duties and responsibilities of the post, however the list is not exhaustive as the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties and projects of similar level and responsibility.

Attributes, skills, experience and qualifications

Ideally the successful candidate will have the following attributes, skills, experience, and qualifications:

  • Analytical, methodical, and numerical.
  • Outgoing, socially confident, and emotionally controlled.
  • A positive attitude, friendly, and personable.
  • Resilient, able to multi-task, and work independently / flexibly.
  • Adaptable, organised, and conscientious.
  • Takes the initiative, ability to prioritise, and meet deadlines.
  • Professional and team orientated in approach.
  • Good working knowledge of Word and Excel.
  • A strong interest in Tax.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with proven accuracy, and an eye for detail.
  • Ability to learn new IT skills quickly.
  • As the role requires the ability to study and pass formal exams, we would look for a strong track record in obtaining qualifications often indicated by strong results in GCSE’s, A-levels (or equivalent), however other academic history will also be considered.

Terms / benefits

  • 36.25 hours / 5 days per week.
  • Annual salary review and regular salary reviews whilst training.
  • 20 days annual leave plus bank holidays increasing to 25 days plus bank holidays after 3 years’ service.
  • Opportunity to carry over 1 week’s holiday into the following holiday year.
  • Death in service 3 x annual salary.
  • Access to Westfield Rewards and Health scheme.
  • 24-hour external Employee Assistance Programme helpline.
  • Flexible benefits including Buy and Sell holiday, Cycle to Work, Payroll Charity Giving, and Private Medical Insurance.
  • Introducing clients and staff commission schemes.
  • Pension 3% rising to 4% (but matched up to 6% after 4 years’ service).
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity pay after one years’ service.

Opportunities to later progress and gain further qualifications are available for the right candidates.