Have you met Doris?
What name would you give a team robot? How can you determine tax liability by taste? Does morality matter? How can there be so many different right answers to one question? Are you up for more than filing returns? Welcome to the future of tax consultancy.
What can you do in Tax Consulting?
Tax Consulting is...
You could be advising a movie star on their personal taxes, working with a finance director on the detail of a new football sponsorship deal, helping a retailer navigate immigration laws, tasting a new food product to work out if it’s subject to VAT, setting the right level of pay for board level executives… our projects are as diverse as the clients we work with.
Have you met Doris? She’s just one of the robots* we now use to gather data and populate tax returns, saving us thousands of hours. Which leaves you free to focus on reviewing and advising from early on in your career.
We’ve also used virtual reality to show our employment tax clients around their new offices and homes abroad. Saving their business time and money on international flights. A different – digital – way for our clients to engage with the challenge of cross-border movement of staff.
Just two examples of how innovation is helping us all do what we do better, faster.
*Yes, we do name our robots!
Tax is not just accountancy, it’s a moral issue, headline news, and a boardroom agenda item. Your advice will not only influence the decisions businesses make at the highest levels, it can even help change tax laws, as we sit on working groups with HMRC to represent the views of our clients.
Whether you’re creating the latest tax app, flying to India to coach the next generation of staff, or running client workshops in our immersive experience spaces, you’ll have the opportunity to shine in front of our clients and teams from day one.
What do our people say?
What was your biggest misconception before working here?
I think a lot of people have preconceptions about tax advisors, myself included. I didn’t really understand the job before I started. I thought tax would be really numbers-based, but it’s not at all. It involves research, proposals, and a lot of direct work with clients, advising them.
I was also worried that the job would be a bit overwhelming – in terms of all the information I’d need to get to grips with – and that I wouldn’t pass the exams. We only get two attempts at each one; but so far so good. And I’m really enjoying the challenge of the work I do.
I would definitely recommend doing the Summer Vacation Scheme in your penultimate year at university. I found it such a good indication of what the job is really like, and the firm get to know you before you go through the application process too.
Tell us about your team?
It’s a big team in Manchester; there are about 90 of us in Business Tax. There’s so much variation in people’s backgrounds and experiences, which is great. It’s not only really interesting to understand their stories but I learn so much from them all too.
I think it’s really important to be genuine and honest at work, and I’m able to do that here. I can be completely myself.
What do you do? And what's the most exciting thing about it?
I work with individuals who are being sent to work in a different country and we advise them on the tax implications of their move. Our main goal is to make sure the individual and company are both being compliant with the UK and local laws.
We work with global businesses and international employees, which means there are many different opportunities, including working abroad. Be that with another Deloitte office or on secondment with a client.
My most exciting project so far is one I’m working on right now: the Business Traveler tool. This allows employees to complete a pre-travel assessment to see if they’re ok to take a business trip to a particular country, looking at the tax, immigration and social security implications of the move. It’s something completely different and I’m excited to see this new proposition grow.
Is there life at Deloitte beyond the day job?
There’s a lot going on here other than client work. I’ve been able to take part in Deloitte’s One Million Futures programme, for example, and have signed up to be a mentor this year.
There’s a good social side too. We have regular client, team and wider group socials. That’s on top of the various seasonal, summer and Christmas parties. Also, I occasionally work from home, whenever I need to get away quickly or have anything planned in the evening near home. Everyone is really flexible and accommodating. They understand we all have lives too.
Why should I join Deloitte?
I really believe you won’t progress as fast anywhere else. Deloitte will definitely value you for who you are and you’ll be heavily invested in through training, care networks, volunteering opportunities, the list goes on.