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CTA Results: A Comparison Between July 2019 and January 2020

Posted by Dominic Watt

Wednesday 22nd January 2020 was a significant date for those tax professionals eagerly awaiting their CTA results. The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) announced that from the 1,528 candidates that sat the examinations, 224 successfully completed all CTA exams. Included in this were 54 on the ACA CTA Joint Programme and 34 who now fully completed the ATT CTA Tax Pathway by passing the CTA element.

Comparing this to the previous results that were announced in July 2019, from a total of 1,526 individuals, 132 successfully completed all the CTA exams. Included were 30 candidates on the ACA CTA Joint Programme and 23 who fully completed the Tax Pathway by passing the CTA element.

Below sees a further breakdown and comparison of these results by examination:


Advanced Technical – January 2020 

PaperTotal Sitting ExamCandidates PassedPass Rate
Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses69726438%
Domestic Indirect Taxation571526%
Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates934245%
Human Capital Taxes422252%
Taxation of Individuals43522251%
Cross-Border Indirect Taxation583560%
Taxation of Major Corporates25816263%

Advanced Technical - June 2019

PaperTotal Sitting ExamCandidates PassedPass Rate
Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses66025038%
Domestic Indirect Taxation662842%
Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates893742%
Human Capital Taxes502040%
Taxation of Individuals52934465%
Cross-Border Indirect Taxation522038%
Taxation of Major Corporates20211255%



Awareness – January 2020

152 candidates passed this paper out of a total of 228 sitting the examination. A pass rate of 67%.

Awareness – June 2019 

139 candidates passed this paper out of a total of 182 sitting the examination. A pass rate of 76%.


Application and Professional Skills – January 2020

PaperTotal Sitting ExamCandidates PassedPass Rate
Taxation of Individuals523262%
Taxation of Larger Companies and Groups532751%
Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses21611855%
Human Capital Taxes271452%
VAT & Other Indirect Taxes171165%
Inheritance Tax, Trust & Estates472553%

Application and Professional Skills – July 2019 

PaperTotal Sitting ExamCandidates PassedPass Rate
Taxation of Individuals482144%
Taxation of Larger Companies and Groups472349%
Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses20612259%
Human Capital Taxes311858%
VAT & Other Indirect Taxes251456%
Inheritance Tax, Trust & Estates462657%



In summary, highlighted in green are those that saw an increase in pass rate, whereas those highlighted in red saw a decrease. Some notable papers to mention were Domestic Indirect Taxation and Taxation of Individuals which saw differences of 16% and 14% retrospectively. However, overall, the number of individuals who successfully became fully qualified increased by 92.

Pro-Tax would like to wish a huge congratulations to those who received the exam results they were hoping for - it’s a great achievement and a huge weight off your shoulders! Aside from enjoying your evenings and weekends, the benefits of being a Chartered Tax Adviser will soon be seen. If you need career advice around next steps after CTA or salary advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

For those of you who didn’t get the results they were hoping for, don’t panic or stress. This is a perfect time to reflect, dust yourself off and get ready to smash the exams next time round! If you are not receiving the support you need for your qualification, we are also here to help. 

For more information on this article or for help with the next steps in your tax career after your CTA results, contact Dominic Watt on 020 7269 6310 or dominic.watt@pro-tax.co.uk.

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