HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Tax Specialist Programme 2017 for Graduates (Paid Positions – UK).

Application Deadline: 14 November 2016.

With more than 58,500 employees, nearly £540 billion revenue, and around 45 million customers, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is a major government department with serious responsibilities.

HMRC’s Tax Specialist Programme (TSP) leads to work as a generalist tax professional or specialist in technical or investigative work.

The programme is structured to identify and develop your potential, ensuring you’re ready to take up a senior tax position when you complete the programme, which takes around 3 years.

HMRC are looking for graduates who will have a 2.2 degree before September 2017 to join our Tax Specialist Programme.

Successful applicants will start work on 7 September 2017.

The work that HMRC does is vital for the UK economy. We need people with the potential to become part of the highly trained cadre of tax professionals who tackle the most challenging aspects of tax work in HMRC. The Tax Specialist Programme exists to identify and develop these people.


For Tax Specialist Programme you must have a 2:2 degree at application stage or the expectation of a 2:2 degree before September 2017.

We’re looking for people who demonstrate enthusiasm, and are

  • independent thinkers who can confidently express their views and make decisions
  • strong analytical thinkers and problem solvers who can work out what needs to be done and take pride in doing it to completion
  • committed, with determination and resilience, to complete an intensive 3-year training programme
  • team players who can also exercise their initiative
  • adaptable to shifts in business focus and the needs of HMRC’s customers, so people they deal with have no doubt about their integrity and professionalism, because everything HMRC does must be above suspicion and comply with the Civil Service Code.

Tax Professional role

Tax is a complex business offering a varied and stimulating range of career pathways and opportunities to specialise – for example, in international and corporation tax, investigation, fraud, tax policy or as a manager, technical specialist or consultant. Eventually you will find your own niche, but along the way you will learn how to resolve tax disputes, lead teams, deal with senior business figures and allied professionals (eg lawyers and accountants) and how to tackle complex tax work.

The Tax Specialist Programme is particularly suitable for people who are enthusiastic about:

  • dealing with people
  • tackling complex issues
  • using their intellect and solving problems
  • investigating and finding out how businesses function
  • analysing and interpreting information
  • persuasive communication: influencing, negotiating and challenging

Roles are as diverse as HMRC’s work – you could find yourself:

  • making ‘site’ visits and interviewing directors, their lawyers and accountants
  • negotiating settlements and resolving tax disputes
  • representing HMRC at Appeal Tribunals
  • investigating fraud
  • working as a consultant, offering specialist advice to teams across the business
  • leading your own teams of tax professionals
  • considering and agreeing the application of tax statute and case law
  • taking responsibility for managing the relationship between HMRC and key businesses and their advisers


For Tax Specialist Programme you must have a 2:2 degree at application stage or the expectation of a 2:2 degree at September 2017.

There are different eligibility criteria for applicants already working in HMRC or the Civil Service. Details are on the application form.

Nationality and immigration

The HMRC Tax Specialist Programme is open to applicants who are:

  • European Economic Area (EEA) nationals, including British citizens
  • Commonwealth citizens
  • Swiss nationals
  • In some circumstances, Turkish nationals


This is an intensive 3-year programme designed to equip you with both technical (tax) knowledge and the professional skills you will need to apply that knowledge when dealing with your customers.

Stage 1 provides you with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills across different areas of tax.

Stage 2 deepens your tax knowledge and also builds your broader professional skills and other competences that HMRC needs from its future tax professional leaders. During this time, you will be working towards gaining an externally accredited qualification.

Pay and benefits

Training pay scales at June 2014

Area Pay Minimum Pay Maximum
National £27,045 * £39,946
London £29,256 * £43,192

*Trainees joining from outside the Civil Service start on the minimum.

If you are successful and complete the programme you will be promoted to a Grade 7 post. This is an important role in HMRC. The current pay scale for a Grade 7 in HMRC begins at £48,389 pro-rata (National), £54,461 pro-rata (London).

How to apply

Applications for the programme are made through the Civil Service Jobs site

Email: [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Tax Specialist Programme 2017


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