Long, hard slog to become tax inspector

With the departure of David Varney from HM Revenue & Customs making the
news, it has been revealed that it takes at least four years of study to become
a tax inspector, thats if you can pass the rigorous recruitment process.

The Independent, in its ‘A-Z of Employers’ series revealed that the
recruitment process begins with an online application, followed by online
psychometric tests, telephone interviews and, finally, a day and a half at an
assessment centre.

If this is completed successfully, fours years of training follows with tax
inspector trainees expected to attend tutor-led sessions, undertake self-study
and perform real tax casework.

New recruits are quickly placed in a tax office where they work on live tax

Continuous assessment and performance in exams govern eventual passage to the
status of tax inspector. At the same time they are expected to complete formal
training towards a professional qualification through the Chartered Management

There are 98,000 HMRC staff in the UK, spread around nearly 300 different

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