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Tax Investigations Associate, Apprentice

Buzzacott LLP
London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Accounting - practice
Salary band
£20,000 - £30,000
Contract type
School leaver roles
Full Time
Where will they be working
From our office

Job Details

Our Tax Investigations team are an award-winning team recognised for technical expertise and an emphatic approach to clients' cases. 

The TIDR team are the go-to experts on tax investigations and dispute resolutions, helping clients with all their communications with and representations to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). This role sits within our Troncmaster service line, which implements and manages ethical and HMRC compliant tronc schemes. Clients trust us to robustly defend disputes on their behalf, so it is important for us to build a lasting relationship founded on honesty and integrity. 

This role is due to commence in September 2024.

Key aspects of the role include:

  • Supporting both TIDR and Troncmaster service lines by attending client meetings and taking diligent notes.
  • Supporting both TIDR and Troncmaster service lines in managing their portfolio of HMRC investigation cases and tronc schemes.
  • Monitoring both the Tronc internal mailbox, for new enquiries and queries, and the Sharefile portal, for client uploads, ensuring these are dealt with within the client management system.
  • Assisting with the review and analysis of data provided to us by client and/or other third parties.
  • Assisting with the drafting of Letters of Engagement and Proposals of Work.
  • Undertaking tronc allocations as and when necessary.
  • Communicating/Negotiating with HMRC as appropriate.
  • Assisting with the submission of appeals/applying for ADR mediation.
  • Assisting with the drafting of letters to HMRC, as appropriate.
  • Liaising with senior TIDR team members in connection with monitoring the management of the TIDR team case portfolio.
  • Assisting the TIDR team with raising fee notes as early as possible during every assignment.
  • Completing all learning modules and exams as prescribed by the structured apprenticeship programme.
  • Resolve technical queries when instructed by fellow TIDR team members.
  • Carrying out administrative work as and when appropriate, including assisting in the administration and management of the TIDR team

Training Provided

You will study towards the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 3 and Level 4 qualification over 30 months under an apprenticeship, building not only on your technical skills, but also on your personal and professional development. Following the completion of the AAT qualification, continued career progression is supported. Training consists of a combination of courses at the tutors’ offices, private study and regular exams, as well as on-the-job training. You will have paid study leave to support you in the run up to exams and all course and exam fees are paid for.

About Buzzacott

As the largest single-office accountancy firm in the UK, we describe ourselves as friendly and professional, with values ingrained in our culture of trust, client focus, exceptional service, specialist knowledge and approachability. We all work together under one roof, giving you the opportunity to collaborate, build relationships and shine from day one.

What’s in it for you?

We go above and beyond for our clients, but also for you. We have a genuine commitment to your development, offering you a closely supported and structured programme of tuition, provided by a top firm of external tutors. Internally, you’ll be supported by a manager who will act as your mentor, a trainee buddy, partners, senior staff and a dedicated Training and Development Coordinator.

As you progress through your training you will receive incremental salary increases as you hit various milestones in your qualification.

You are the right person for the role if:

  • You have an enquiring mind and a sociable disposition, a problem solver with high standards, who thrives in a meritocracy.
  • You are able to build meaningful, collaborative relationships with both clients and team members.
  • You are keen to take ownership from an early stage and are committed to providing excellent client service at all times.
  • You are a strong multitasker with the ability to prioritise your time to studying and working simultaneously.

No previous experience is required for our trainee roles, but to apply you will need to have:

  • Or expect to obtain a minimum of 120 UCAS Tariff points from your top 3 A-levels, or equivalent (300 using the old tariff)
  • A minimum of Level 5 (B grade using the old system) in GCSE Maths and English Language, or equivalent
  • The right to work in the UK without restrictions for the duration of the training contract

Please note we do not accept General Studies or applications from part-qualified applicants.


Buzzacott is a top 25 UK accountancy firm based in London. Our knowledge is applied through “specialist teams” who combine niche expertise in international and regulation-intensive sectors – expatriates, charities, LLPs - with excellence in mainstream tax and financial management services. We are partners to those we serve, sharing our experience and creating a bespoke response to an individual brief. That brief may concern a not-for-profit organisation or a firm of solicitors; personal investment or company takeover; here, or in 90 countries worldwide. We are an independent member of Prime Global, the third largest association of independent accounting firms in the world, comprised of over 350 highly successful independent public accounting firms in 90 countries. We have in excess of 250 staff working with 28 partners in specialist teams. Located in one central office, we have clear advantages from easy communication, cooperative working and cross-cutting service provision.

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