Making Tax Digital increasing opportunities for tax specialists

The transition to processing tax returns digitally will lead to exciting new opportunities for tax professionals. As new methods emerge and evolve, those specialists with technological expertise will find themselves with a significant advantage in the recruiting process.

The process will ultimately reduce operating costs for firms and deliver increased rates of compliance, leading to financial gains for firms. The subsequent growth in profit for firms will increase the value of tax specialists, making such roles more lucrative. Additionally, national treasuries will benefit as they seek to close tax-gaps.

UK based professionals will be at an advantage when applying to work abroad

We mentioned in a previous article that the UK has been pioneering the transition to digital. However, it is only a matter of time before this process is being mirrored across the world, with countries eagerly watching the UK’s progress.

UK based professionals will have a distinct advantage when applying for lucrative positions overseas, with expertise in the new technologies and programmes becoming an increasingly valuable commodity for employers and firms. We have already witnessed a trend where tax specialists are dispatched to other countries to work with assigned teams, then return to their home countries with their new expertise and experience to train colleagues at home.

Kingpin advises professionals to get on board with the new technology

As tax recruitment specialists, Kingpin naturally recommends that our candidates add as many strings to their bow as possible. In this context, we advise candidates to expose themselves to technology as often as they can. One example of where this can be done is in the field of data analytics. Companies are investing heavily in analytics and they will seek professionals with experience in that field.

The transition process continues and will expand globally. Implementation of new systems will become commonplace for over a period of time. Subsequently, tax specialists will find it advantageous not merely to know how to use the technology, but knowledge of implementing the technology will prove especially lucrative.

We would advise candidates to immerse and familiarise themselves in the implementation process. Attending workshops and seminars and seeking out training opportunities will improve your professional skills, making you highly sought after in a rapidly changing landscape.


Junior Professionals are in a great position

Junior professionals should think carefully about the skills that will make them stand out in the recruitment process – and they are in a great position to expand their knowledge, in tandem with the evolution of tax technology. They should move into the tax industry as early as possible and seek employment which offers possibilities of career progression, as companies move towards in-house promotion. Companies should take this into consideration as we expect to see tech-savvy young workers gravitating to those companies which adapt best to the innovative new technology

Here at Kingpin we will endeavour keep up to date with this important process. This will allow us to give the best advice to our candidates as they look to advance their career and expand their potential.

If you would like to speak with Kingpin International about our tax job opportunities from around the globe, then please contact a member of the team at taxjobs@kingpininternational.com . Alternatively, please browse our current international tax vacancies.