Tax Officer

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Tax officers are civil servants, working for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), who work out how much tax companies and individuals must pay on their income and profits. Some tax inspectors work in areas such as fraud or international taxation.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Trainees on the HMRC Graduate Programme (Tax Professional) start on £30,880 a year (£35,105 a year in London). Once they have qualified, tax officers start on Grade 7 at £51,050 a year (£57,440 in London). There is a good pension scheme.


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What Does it Take?

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More Information

HMRC sometimes run an Internship Programme for 8 weeks over the summer. This is an opportunity to gain an insight into HMRC business and the role of a Tax Professional. Please note that this is not running in 2019.

Revenue and Customs jobs are usually advertised in the local press and Jobcentre Plus offices.

Recruitment for the HMRC Graduate Programme (Tax Professional) usually begins in September each year for entry the following September. Please refer to the HMRC website for updates.


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Career opportunities with HM Revenue and Customs are advertised in Jobcentre Plus offices and in the local and national press. They can also be viewed on the Civil Service jobs website.

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Human Resource Management

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