6 months as a Junior Tax Consultant

05 February 2020


2019 was a year that literally swept me off my feet. In July, I accepted an offer to join the team that I now call family at Aspire and haven’t looked back since.

Nobody can prepare you for the minefield that is employment tax. I came in with a fresh face and a sponge-like brain, ready to take on anything and everything that there is to know about employment tax. 6 months later and I’m knee-deep in the leverarch files, trying for the thousandth time to wrap my head around the off-payroll extension into the private sector.

Aspire have opened a whole new world of opportunities for me. In October, I reached new heights in our charity wing-walk event for Breast Cancer Haven. I’ve travelled around the country, delivering training sessions and writing meeting notes at a thousand words per minute. I discovered the luxurious uglies chocolates whilst travelling in first class for the first time and learned that heels were definitely not the wisest choice when running after Alan through Euston station.

This year, I’ll be sitting my taxation exams as part of my ATT qualification that Aspire are supporting me through. I am beyond grateful to have been given the opportunity to gain so much knowledge and experience with no personal monetary expense and I look forward to using this to contribute to the success of our company.

It turns out that not everything you learn in school goes to waste as soon as you leave. My A-levels came in handy earlier this month when Alan approached me about his key-note speech for the Aspire ‘Operation Compliance’ seminars. “Have you heard of Milgram?” he asks me, a former psychology student. I had the opportunity to role reverse and blow Alan’s mind with the ins and outs of all authority-related psychological experiments that I learned over two years. As a newbie at Aspire I revelled in being able to educate the Managing Director, as opposed to it being the other way around!

So, what’s my advice to any tax juniors?

  • When you think you know it, you don’t. Read it again…and again.
  • Find an abbreviation for everything. You’ll thank me later.
  • Tabs. Tab everything. You’ll need to know where that letter is from 23rd April 2014.
  • The law is complex; flowcharts make everything easier.

I’ve amazed myself with how much I have picked up in such a short period of time. I’ve absorbed enough knowledge to piece together multiple training presentations, including our upcoming seminars. One day, I’ll be at the front presenting to you, and you’ll be reading our next junior’s blog.

Join us at one of our “Operation Compliance” seminars where Aspire will cover all the key topics affecting the industry. Alan Nolan has released the content of his keynote speech entitled “Avoiding the Inevitable” which will give an overview of our experiences with HMRC investigators and the psychology of persuasion.

The seminars will be held on Tuesday 11 February 2020 at The Holiday Inn, Coram Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1HT or Thursday 13 February 2020 at The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield, B76 9PR.

Tickets are selling fast and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Book now to avoid disappointment

To purchase a ticket for the London venue, please click here.

To purchase a ticket for the Birmingham venue, please click here.