The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) has launched a new modular exam structure for the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification. The new structure
, which begins with the May 2009 examinations, recognises the increasing degree of specialisation within the tax profession, but retains the major benefit of the current system – combining depth of knowledge in specialist areas with breadth of knowledge across the spectrum of taxes. We have also introduced two e-Assessments and these will be available from 1 December 2008.
Credit retention, introduced in November 2006, has been retained and credits now replace exemptions. Those who qualified for exemptions in the past are in no way disadvantaged and some who were not eligible for exemptions may now qualify for a credit.
Rob Ellerby, CIOT President, says: “The flexibility of the new structure should encourage more students to sit the exam. However, we have striven to retain our commitment to excellence and to ensuring that the CTA qualification remains the ‘gold standard’ tax qualification.”
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For more information about the changes please go to www.tax.org.uk/cta2009