Taxation refers to the practice of collecting money from citizens and trading companies by government institutions, in order to finance public institutions, goods and services. Taxation degrees use knowledge from areas such as economy, legislation, politics, public administration and international business. Tax professionals can help organisations take important business decisions, by providing financial counselling and guidance. Their area of expertise includes accounting administration, calculating tax liabilities, performing legal analysis, and more.
Business colleges and law schools offer a great variety of degrees, diplomas and certificates in the field of taxation. Taxation can be a degree course in itself or it can be offered as a concentration track of undergraduates and graduates degrees in commerce, law or business administration. Some universities offer joint Masters in Taxation and other disciplines such as accounting, finance, legal studies or international business and management.
In order to become successful taxation professionals, students need to prove mathematical and numeracy skills, the ability to interpret and explain complex financial issue and make use of advanced analytical skills.
Graduates in taxation can work as tax advisors and analysts, investigators, auditors, tax partners in accounting and law firms, revenue managers, policy makers, tax inspectors, among others. Professionals can work in accountancy and law firms, investment, insurance agencies, software companies, the public sector, or charities.Read more