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Tax inspector

Tax inspectors make sure the correct amount of tax is paid and investigate cases of fraud.

Potential salary
£27,000 to £53,250
Working hours
38 to 40 a week
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of economics and accounting
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • maths knowledge
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • administration skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • examining business accounts
  • visiting businesses to interview board directors, lawyers and accountants
  • investigating suspected fraud
  • offering specialist advice about tax
  • negotiating settlements
  • representing HMRC at appeals tribunals
  • considering and applying tax law to cases
  • leading a team of caseworkers and administrative staff
  • managing relationships between HMRC and customers

You could work at a client's business or in an office.

With experience, you could move through HMRC's promotion structure to more senior or specialist posts.

You could go into the private sector as a tax adviser, or become a self-employed tax consultant.

You can find out more about working in taxation from Civil Service Careers.

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