Taxation Accountants analyse, report and provide advice on taxation issues to organisations or individuals, prepare taxation returns and reports, and handle disputes with taxation authorities.

    A formal qualification in accounting is needed to work as a Taxation Accountant. The minimum qualification is a diploma, however, the majority of Tax Accountants undertake a bachelor degree in accounting or a related field majoring in accounting.

    Tasks

    • Examines operating costs and organisations' income and expenditure.
    • Provides assurance about the accuracy of information contained in financial reports and their compliance with statutory requirements.
    • Provides financial and taxation advice on business structures, plans and operations.
    • Prepares taxation returns for individuals and organisations.
    • Liaises with financial institutions and brokers to establish funds management arrangements.
    • Introduces and maintains accounting systems, and advises on the selection and application of computer-based accounting systems.
    • Maintains internal control systems.
    • May appraise cash flow and financial risk of capital investment projects.

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    All Accountants

    • $1,660 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Taxation Accountants

    • 11,000 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 72% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 50% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Taxation Accountants (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 8,600 in 2011 to 11,000 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Location: Taxation Accountants work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Financial and Insurance Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (72%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 50% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services83.5
    Financial and Insurance Services4.6
    Public Administration and Safety4.2
    Mining1.2
    Other Industries6.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateTaxation AccountantsAll Jobs Average
    NSW35.231.6
    VIC25.425.6
    QLD17.720.0
    SA5.77.0
    WA12.510.8
    TAS1.42.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT1.61.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketTaxation AccountantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.3-5.05.0
    20-246.1-9.39.3
    25-3426.8-22.922.9
    35-4422.6-22.022.0
    45-5419.5-21.621.6
    55-598.2-9.09.0
    60-647.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over9.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationTaxation AccountantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate26.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree51.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV3.9-21.121.1
    Year 125.7-18.118.1
    Year 110.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.8-12.512.5

    A formal qualification in accounting is needed to work as a Taxation Accountant. The minimum qualification is a diploma, however, the majority of Tax Accountants undertake a bachelor degree in accounting or a related field majoring in accounting.

    You must also be registered with one of Australia's three peak accounting bodies.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • to become a Registered Tax Agent, BAS Agent or Tax (Financial) Adviser

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      63% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Mathematics

      61% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    3. Computers and Electronics

      56% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    4. Economics and Accounting

      53% Skill level

      Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

    5. English Language

      52% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    1. Being Exact or Accurate

      97% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    2. Telephone

      97% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Spend Time Sitting

      96% Important

      How much time do you spend sitting?

    4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      92% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    5. Repeating Same Tasks

      90% Important

      How important is it to repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping?

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