James Rogers

James Rogers, Tax Advisor, Corporate Tax, EY

The different challenges and the variety of work I encounter day-to-day are the key reasons I chose a career in tax

I studied economics at university and had always held a keen interest in finance. Initially I looked at accountancy roles but upon learning more about tax I found the technical side appealing and decided to pursue it as a career. In 2014, I joined EY, one of the “Big Four” UK accounting companies. Studying for the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification was optional but I was keen to increase my technical tax knowledge and focus on advisory aspects. EY encouraged me to do the CTA and were extremely supportive of me throughout the whole process.

For the CTA Awareness examinations, I covered personal, VAT and inheritance taxes. While for the Advanced Technical papers I chose the Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses and Taxation of Major Corporates papers, the content of which are very specific to my role in which I advise clients of all sizes, ranging from those who are privately owned to those who are listed.  

The breadth of topics covered by the CTA has helped expose me to a much wider variety of work.  My current role is corporate tax focussed. It is not a specialist role which enables me to be involved in all aspects of corporate tax, ranging from compliance to advisory, on both a UK and international basis. A key part of the role is focussed on business development, part of which involves working on proposals to potential new clients. The CTA certainly provides instant credibility in this area.

The UK tax system is not only complex, but it is constantly evolving, providing new challenges each and every day. Alongside this, each client has their own unique scenarios that require thoughtful consideration. No two days are ever the same and I really enjoy the variety and challenge offered by working in an exceptionally fast moving industry.  

A career highlight for me was passing the CTA and I would definitely recommend to those who are considering studying it that they do so. It is hard work, but you get out what you put in and immediately start to build your tax expertise from the outset. The course gives you the confidence to apply your knowledge to a range of scenarios and take on new challenges. Studying for the CTA has made a tremendous difference to my knowledge and understanding of tax, and has really helped my career.

James Rogers is a Tax Advisor, Corporate Tax, for EY. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and completed the CIOT’s CTA in May 2018.  James also won the CIOT’s coveted Chris Jones Medal for the candidate with the highest total marks in two Advisory papers, both taken at the same sitting.