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CTA Results: May 2021 compared to November 2020

Posted by Dominic Watt

Summertime in the UK usually means going on holiday and soaking up some sun but for much of the tax profession, it means receiving results from exams.

Just under a week ago (at the time of writing), the CIOT announced the results from its examinations taken by 1,219 candidates in May 2021. In addition to this, there were a further 499 candidates who sat one or more papers on ACA CTA joint programme, 834 candidates who sat a combination of ATT and CTA papers, as well as 51 candidates who sat exams for the first time on the newest route to qualification, CA CTA joint programme. 

Peter Rayney, Institute President confirmed “323 candidates have now successfully completed all of the CTA examinations. Included in this figure are 54 candidates who were on the ACA CTA Joint Programme and 71 candidates who have now fully completed the ATT CTA Tax Pathway by passing the CTA element”

As a tradition, I’ve taken a moment to draw up an overview and compare the result of the most recent sitting to those of November 2020.

Advanced Technical – May 2021

Paper

Total sitting exam

Candidates passed

Pass rate

Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses

883

585

66%

Domestic Indirect Taxation

92

53

58%

Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates

128

52

41%

Human Capital Taxes

77

27

35%

Taxation of Individuals

452

221

49%

Cross-border Indirect Taxation

48

32

67%

Taxation of Major Corporates

362

193

53%


Advanced Technical – November 2020

Paper

Total sitting exam

Candidates passed

Pass rate

Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses

872

365

42%

Domestic Indirect Taxation

93

32

34%

Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates

139

68

49%

Human Capital Taxes

66

11

17%

Taxation of Individuals

612

358

58%

Cross-border Indirect Taxation

46

26

57%

Taxation of Major Corporates

298

176

59%


Awareness – May 2021   

111 candidates passed this paper out of a total of 189 sitting the examination. A pass rate of 59%.

Awareness – November 2020

181 candidates passed this paper out of a total of 275 sitting the examination. A pass rate of 66%.

Application and Professional Skills – May 2021 

Paper

Total sitting exam

Candidates passed

Pass rate

Taxation of Individuals

91

50

55%

Taxation of Larger Companies and Groups

71

51

72%

Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses

255

131

51%

Human Capital Taxes

36

18

50%

VAT & Other Indirect Taxes

23

13

57%

Inheritance Tax, Trust & Estates

47

25

53%


Application and Professional Skills – November 2020

Paper

Total sitting exam

Candidates passed

Pass rate

Taxation of Individuals

72

36

50%

Taxation of Larger Companies and Groups

77

34

44%

Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses

212

104

49%

Human Capital Taxes

31

12

39%

VAT & Other Indirect Taxes

16

7

44%

Inheritance Tax, Trust & Estates

40

22

55%


In summary, highlighted in green are those that saw an increase in pass rate, whereas those highlighted in red saw a decrease. As you can see from the above, it was great to see an increase in pass rates for several of the exams.

In particular, all of the Application and Professional Skills exams saw a pass rate except from the Inheritance, Trusts and Estates paper which was a marginal 2% difference.

The team and I here at Pro-Tax would like to congratulate all of those that have successfully achieved CTA status in what remains to be extraordinary circumstances. It’s a huge weight off your shoulders and you should certainly enjoy a period of time without being inundated with legislation to study!

If you are seeking career advice for the next steps after qualifying, then please do not hesitate to get in contact. The market is extremely busy with a large proportion of the accountancy practice market looking to hire.

For those that didn’t receive the results they were hoping for, it’s time to pick yourself back up, reflect and continue with sheer grit and determination. The CTA is an extremely tough qualification, but rest assured it will all be worth it in the long run!

If for whatever reason you are not receiving the relevant support you need with your exams, then we are also here to assist. 

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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