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Graduate Job

Private Client Tax Trainee

Smith & Williamson
Smith & Williamson
  • Salary: Competitive + benefits
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Length of Programme: 3 Years
  • Entry Requirements: Minimum 2:1 degree, 300 UCAS points across top 3 A-Levels
  • Qualification Gained: Professional Qualification

Show locations

  • Salisbury and Guildford

At Smith & Williamson we recruit high calibre people with the skills, knowledge and commitment to meet the demands of the business. The graduate programme is a structured training programme combining practical experience with technical studies, as well as providing numerous opportunities to increase your skill set with internal courses ranging from personal impact and negotiation skills to time management to delivering presentations.

Our Private Client Tax Services team help individuals from all walks of life with their tax issues.  With over 6,000 private tax clients and 1,500 trusts, our client base is incredibly diverse. Today, we provide services to high-net-worth individuals, non-domiciled individuals, landed estates, trusts and professional practices.

What will I be doing?

Our Private Client Tax Services team can deal with compliance obligations and reporting requirements while also advising on domestic and international issues through our Nexia International network.  The team also work closely with other practices within Smith & Williamson such as the investment managers, financial planners and pension’s specialists which complement and enhance the advice we can offer. 

As part of our Private Client Tax Team you will combine hands on practical experience which could be advising on tax efficient strategies or helping clients with financial planning whilst studying.

Duties of the Tax Trainee role are as follows:

  • Preparation of accounts and tax returns for basic trusts
  • Preparation of Repayment Claim Forms and basic Tax Returns for individuals
  • Dealing with correspondence from clients/HMRC and other third parties
  • Advising clients of their forthcoming tax liabilities including writing to clients and 3rd parties where necessary
  • Billing clients in a timely manner for the work we have carried out on their behalf
  • Setting up new clients and dealing with the disengagement of departing clients
  • Organisation of workload to ensure an efficient and timely service

What training and development will I receive in my first few years?

  • During your training contract you will study towards the Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification.

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Be committed and motivated to studying towards the Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) qualification
  • Be able to deliver first class client service and work effectively as part of a team
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing
  • Have a high level of general commercial awareness

Academic requirements:

  • Must have or be on course for at least an upper second class honours degree in any discipline
  • 320 UCAS points (or equivalent) in your top three A-levels (excluding General Studies)
  • GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent) at a minimum of grade B

Application process

Stage 1 – complete our online application form

Stage 2 – online verbal  and numerical reasoning test

Stage 3 – assessment centre

Stage 4 – first round interview

Stage 5 – final round interview

Applications are currently open and we recruit on a rolling basis; APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment.