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Expatriate Tax School Leaver

We’re BDO. An accountancy and business advisory firm, providing the advice and solutions businesses need to navigate today’s changing world.

We’ll broaden your horizons

Working hard and working together, our Tax team thrives on keeping busy. They service our clients around the world with everything from day-to-day compliance with tax authorities to advice on international tax to transaction support on mergers and acquisitions. That diversity of work requires a diversity of talents. Tax attracts specialists for the most technically complex challenges, versatile thinkers for large clients with varied problems and brilliant innovators who create tomorrow’s bespoke solutions. The apprentice programme starts you off in compliance, immediately taking on important responsibilities including preparing corporate tax returns. You’ll take on more and more challenging work as you develop and will be able to specialise in a specific tax area or an audit group to really explore where your talents are most suited. 

We’ll help you succeed 

The Tax Apprenticeship Programme is your opportunity to combine work experience with achieving your professional qualifications. We’ll provide the training in skills, behaviours and professional knowledge you’ll need not just to pass your exams, but also to become an exceptional BDO advisor. Our pass results are often up to 10% above the national average. This is a unique opportunity to qualify in a working environment with a network of exceptional colleagues who will be invested in helping you achieve your full potential. 

The salary for this role is £22,500 and your job title will be Tax Assistant.

Programme & Qualification

BDO offer the Tax Pathway qualification on the Level 7 apprenticeship programme. In a dynamic, fast-moving industry, the demand for highly-qualified tax professionals has never been greater. The Tax Pathway provides a streamlined and efficient route to becoming a tax professional. The Tax Pathway enables you to achieve membership of both the ATT (Association of Taxation Technicians) and the CIOT (Chartered Institute of Taxation). The duration of this programme is 48 months.


• Assist with advisory matters including tax efficient expatriate remuneration structuring, expatriate policy and assignment planning;
• Research into relevant legislation affecting the design and implementation of tax efficient structure/policy
• Analyse clients’ reporting obligations to HMRC and complete compliance tasks such as preparation of UK tax returns, tax cost estimates, hypothetical tax and payroll calculations, and complex tax residency reviews
• Assisting with the preparation of written tax technical reports providing detailed tax advice relating to client specific arrangements
• Liaise with clients to assist with BDO’s ‘on boarding’ client engagement process, including conducting due diligence on clients and drafting terms of engagement
• Assisting with services such as pre-departure/post-arrival tax briefings, repatriation assistance for employees and advising on remuneration and incentive plans
• Assisting with the global co-ordination of a client’s internationally mobile workforce by liaising with colleagues from other BDO international locations to ensure their expatriate tax needs are met
• Successfully study towards your professional qualification and, where relevant, corresponding apprenticeship

When you join us

We understand that everyone learns in different ways and the same environment isn’t always suited to every task. We’ll help you deliver the best quality output by giving you choice and flexibility around how, when and where you work. When you need to work collaboratively, you’ll be able to work closely with colleagues, whether that’s in our offices, onsite with clients, or one of our brand-new hubs; when you need to focus, you’ll be able to work from home or in one of our quiet concentration spaces, using technology to stay connected with colleagues. We’ll provide the environment, digital tools and training to enable you to perform at your best, whatever the task in hand, for yourself, your team, and your clients.

When you join us, we’ll make your growth our priority. If you’re right for us, you’ll thrive in an environment built to help you succeed. We’re looking for someone with: 

• Three A-levels or equivalent at A* to C excluding General Studies and Extended Projects (obtained or predicted) 
• A 9–4 in Maths and English at GCSE or equivalent (we will also consider qualifications from outside the UK)

We’re in it together

At BDO, we believe that when our people feel valued and rewarded, their potential is unlimited. We offer highly competitive starting salaries and review remuneration packages regularly to ensure that our pay always positively reflects performance. As well as offering support with tuition and professional qualifications, we also provide the following core benefits:

•    25 days’ holiday; 
•    access to a Group Personal Pension Plan, with matched employer contributions; 
•    Life Assurance cover;
•    Income Protection insurance; 

That’s not all. We understand that everyone is different, so we offer a range of voluntary benefits to suit every lifestyle. Our flexible benefits platform, Flexcel, means our people can choose from a range of tax efficient options to design a benefit package that best suits them. Through Flexcel, they can: 

•    buy up to ten days’ extra holiday; 
•    add on Private Medical, Personal Accident, Dental or Travel Insurance; Home Technology
•    enrol in our Bikes to Work scheme;
•    enjoy discounts at cinemas, dining out, shopping and gyms through our Employee Discounts arrangement;
•    receive an interest free season ticket loan or interest free graduate loan;
•    access additional services like our financial wellbeing platform, online GP service or our Employee Assistance Programme

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