Tax inspectors examine tax accounts to ensure the correct amount of tax is paid.

What does a tax inspector do?

Tax inspectors or tax specialists examine business and personal tax accounts, ensuring the correct amount of tax is paid. Tax inspectors also investigate suspected tax fraud. You’ll need to have excellent analytical skills to do this job, as well as a high level of numeracy. 

What do I need to do to become a tax inspector?

To become a tax inspector, you need to complete a four year trainee course (HMRC’s Tax Specialist programme). To qualify for the course, you must have either an undergraduate degree (2:2 level or above) or an accounting qualification. 

To get on a degree course, you usually need at least two A levels, or equivalent. You also need five GCSEs A-C, including maths and English.

Level 3 vocational courses also provide an alternative entry to many degrees. 

Related skills

  • Problem solving
  • Organisation
  • Numeracy
  • Communication
  • Analytics
  • IT
  • Financial planning

Related subjects

  • Business studies
  • Maths

Essential qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Or Accounting qualification (see Accountant job profile for more details)
  • HMRC’s Tax Specialist programme

Where could I be working?

You’ll be working indoors for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).  

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