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ICAEW/CIOT name first prize winner for its new joint programme exam

October 2015

This year marked a significant milestone for the ICAEW and CIOT Joint Programme. The new route for tax professionals, devised by ICAEW and the CIOT, saw its first-ever John Tiley Medal prizewinner.
Joe Sheldrake, senior associate at Deloitte, became the first student to win the prize, which is rewarded for achieving the highest mark in the ACA CTA Joint Programme, Taxation of Major Corporates exam in November 2014. The prize was established to commemorate Professor John Tiley CBE, who was a Professor of Tax Law at the University of Cambridge and an active member of the CIOT education committee for many years.

The route to chartered accountancy
and chartered tax adviser
ICAEW and the CIOT have created a joint programme for students to achieve two prestigious qualifications, the ICAEW chartered accountancy qualification (the ACA) and the Chartered Tax Adviser qualification (CTA), in three to four years.
The programme, also known as the ACA CTA Joint Programme, is designed for students with a passion for tax and looking to specialise in one of two areas – the tax affairs of large corporates or indirect tax. Students can choose to specialise in one of these areas either from the start or part way through their training.
And it doesn’t stop there – the number of tax areas are growing. ICAEW and CIOT are committed to adding owner-managed businesses tax to the list. Look out for more information soon.

The benefits
The joint programme is a more efficient route for students to become tax specialists. Here are the key benefits:
• Optimised study time – duplication of tax within the ACA and CTA syllabus has been reduced, so students are not examined on the same subjects twice.
• Flexibility – students have the option to sit the CTA exams at any point in their studies, alongside the ACA qualification, although the Taxation of Major Corporates exam must be sat before the ACA Advanced Level.
• Specialism facilitated – the option of two routes means that students can choose the topics most relevant for their workplace and training.
• Earlier qualification – the programme provides an integrated route to qualification of both ICAEW and the CIOT, so successful students should be able to pass all exams earlier than if they had completed the ACA followed by the CTA qualification.
So if you have a passion for tax and want to become a tax specialist, find out more on the ACA CTA Joint Programme by visiting the ICAEW website at www.icaew.com/aca-cta, or the CIOT website, which is at www.tax.org.uk/aca-cta
“I’m really pleased that the CIOT and ICAEW have worked together to introduce a joint programme for the ACA and CTA qualifications,” said Bill Dodwell, Partner & Head of Tax Policy Group, Deloitte. “The new route offers an accelerated route for corporate and indirect tax candidates – without compromising on the key quality standards that I know both the CIOT and the ICAEW uphold.”
Of the qualification, Paul Morton, Global Head of Tax at Reed Elsevier, said: “The challenges faced by our department are very demanding so we look for new team members to be highly knowledgeable. We can be sure that a tax professional who has the ACA CTA qualification will have all of the technical skills needed to succeed in our team.”

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