Company of the Week: How is it to work in EY’s Tax Team?

During this week we have heard three interesting career stories from EY’s employees. Here comes the last one, enjoy!

”I’m a tax advisor” is not quite the ice-breaker when you meet new people. “I’m an indirect tax advisor” is definitely even worse. So how on earth does one end up in indirect tax consulting and why is the exciting world of VAT (and let’s not forget all the other fascinating indirect taxes) the best place to spend one’s working days?

Believe it or not, we are a total of 20 people with various backgrounds pondering about indirect taxation in the EY Indirect Tax Team. About a half of our team has a degree in economics and business administration whereas the other half has their background in law school. At the moment we are one of the fastest growing areas of taxation at EY.

Probably the biggest surprise to me when I first started working at EY in September 2015 was how international our work is – even in our team. Majority of our clients are either big multinational companies or smaller foreign firms about to start operations in Finland, who need help in tackling their Finnish VATs. Thus, English is absolutely the main communication language in my work and I’d be lying if I told you I never needed Swedish or French, too.

What I like most about my work is the variety of different tasks throughout the day. In our team, people have somewhat specialized in different areas of indirect tax advisory. Some of us are more focused on assisting the clients with indirect tax compliance and monthly reporting obligations and some on supporting them in communication with the Finnish Tax Authorities as well as assisting them in applying for preliminary rulings and in other legal proceedings. And of course we also have our customs and premium tax specialists.

As a Tax Trainee and later as a Junior Tax Advisor I’ve had my fair share of all the aspects. My average day starts around 9 am just like everyone else’s in Finland – with a huge cup of coffee. I normally spend my morning checking if there is a filing deadline approaching and whether I’ve received the materials for these from my clients. After lunch I might be working on some other project drafting answers to a client’s question on when and why they should be paying taxes in Finland. I might even suddenly be taken to a client meeting on the other side of the city. Or – as I only work part-time trying to finish my studies – I might pack my belongings and go to school for the rest of the day.

One of the best parts of my work is that when I come to work in the morning I never know what I might end up doing that day. Besides, thinking about the future, I think taxation is probably one of the safest jobs in Finland.

 

Lotta Hankimo

Junior Advisor, Indirect Tax

Student at Aalto University School of Business (business law), estimated graduation time in 2017

 

PS: The application period for the EY Experience trainee program is coming soon (19.9.-9.10.) – see a list of all the open positions and apply at ey.com/fi/careers