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Alex Teow

Principal Consultant | Tax | Practice

Alex forms part of the Pro-Tax Practice team. He has 9 years of recruitment expertise and spent 4 years leading BDO's Tax Recruitment nationally. He works with candidates from NQ to Partner. Having worked both in-house and in agency, Alex has a unique understanding of relationship building with both clients and candidates and is a subject matter expert when it comes to all matters Tax. He is able to best match clients and candidate needs and offer a solutions-based approach to recruitment. Outside of work, Alex is a keen Tennis and Badminton player having played competitively for both university and clubs. He has recently become an avid "lockdown" cyclist and has cycled almost 10,000km since he started in Sep'20. He is now an official MAMIL (This also allows him to 'work' on his other passion - eating!)

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What people say about Alex

Alex is a pleasure to work with. Always very personable and professional...taking the time to understand the recruitment requirements of the role but also the culture fit


Alex is a very professional, attentive and pleasant professional. He has helped me to secure a very good opportunity and was very proactive throughout.


Alex is one of the most proactive recruitment consultants I have ever worked with, a great source of advice as he knows the industry thoroughly. Incredibly professional and friendly, he has a great deal of commitment


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BDO UK LLP is a Top 5 accountancy and business advisory firm. It operates in 17 locations across the UK, employing 6,000 people offering tax, audit and assurance, and a range of advisory services. BDO UK LLP has revenues of over £600m and is the UK member firm of the BDO International network. The BDO global network provides business advisory services in 162 countries, with 80,000 people working out of 1,500 offices worldwide. It has revenues of $10bn.

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CTA Results: May 2021 compared to November 2020

Posted by Alex Teow

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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CTA Results: The Effect of a Global Pandemic?

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The May 2020 examinations for CTA were held in June and July as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CIOT accelerated the introduction of online exams to allow those who had been preparing for the Application and Professional Skills paper (APS) to still do so. This was done be a remote invigilated system. The rest were sadly cancelled.  During an extremely uncertain time, a total of 291 people sat the exam and of which 64 individuals successfully passed and were eligible for membership to the institute. It was commented by Glyn Fullelove, The Institute President, that “the technology used was new to CIOT” and they know “it brought its own challenges to some candidates”. As a result, all those unsuccessful at this sitting were offered free entry for APS in either November 2020 or May 2021’s sittings.  Thursday 28th January 2021 marked a highly anticipated day for those who were awaiting their results from the November 2020 sitting. It was announced that 1,396 people took the exams and that 313 of which had been successful in completing all exams for membership (included in this were those who were studying for ATT/CTA and ACA/CTA joint pathways).  Given the cancellations May, it was only fair to compare the most recent results to those of November 2019, taken by 1,528 candidates. As follows is a breakdown and comparison of these results by examination: 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%   Advanced Technical – November 2019 Paper Total sitting exam Candidates passed Pass rate Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses 697 264 38% Domestic Indirect Taxation 57 15 26% Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates 93 42 45% Human Capital Taxes 42 22 52% Taxation of Individuals 435 222 51% Cross-border Indirect Taxation 58 35 60% Taxation of Major Corporates 258 162 63% Awareness – November 2020 181 candidates passed this paper out of a total of 275 sitting the examination. A pass rate of 66%. Awareness – November 2019  152 candidates passed this paper out of a total of 228 sitting the examination. A pass rate of 67% 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%                           Application and Professional Skills – November 2019 Paper Total sitting exam Candidates passed Pass rate Taxation of Individuals 52 32 62% Taxation of Larger Companies and Groups 53 27 51% Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses 216 119 55% Human Capital Taxes 27 14 52% VAT & Other Indirect Taxes 17 11 65% Inheritance Tax, Trust & Estates 47 25 53% In summary, highlighted in green are those that saw an increase in pass rate, whereas those highlighted in red saw a decrease. Bearing in mind the past year, the notable difference is the climate the exams were taken in. However, it was fantastic to see that several of the advanced technical papers saw an increase in pass rate. This is a period of change and pass rates are envisaged to increase as people get more used to online examinations. Pro-Tax would like to extend their congratulations to those that received the exam results they were hoping for, it is a fantastic achievement. If you need career advice around next steps after CTA or salary advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch. For those that did not get the results they were hoping for, please do not worry. These exams are not easy in any normal circumstance. 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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CTA Results: A Comparison Between July 2019 and January 2020

Posted by Alex Teow

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  Paper Total Sitting Exam Candidates Passed Pass Rate Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses 697 264 38% Domestic Indirect Taxation 57 15 26% Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates 93 42 45% Human Capital Taxes 42 22 52% Taxation of Individuals 435 222 51% Cross-Border Indirect Taxation 58 35 60% Taxation of Major Corporates 258 162 63%   Advanced Technical - June 2019 Paper Total Sitting Exam Candidates Passed Pass Rate Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses 660 250 38% Domestic Indirect Taxation 66 28 42% Inheritance Tax, Trusts and Estates 89 37 42% Human Capital Taxes 50 20 40% Taxation of Individuals 529 344 65% Cross-Border Indirect Taxation 52 20 38% Taxation of Major Corporates 202 112 55%   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 Paper Total Sitting Exam Candidates Passed Pass Rate Taxation of Individuals 52 32 62% Taxation of Larger Companies and Groups 53 27 51% Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses 216 118 55% Human Capital Taxes 27 14 52% VAT & Other Indirect Taxes 17 11 65% Inheritance Tax, Trust & Estates 47 25 53%   Application and Professional Skills – July 2019 ​ Paper Total Sitting Exam Candidates Passed Pass Rate Taxation of Individuals 48 21 44% Taxation of Larger Companies and Groups 47 23 49% Taxation of Owner-Managed Businesses 206 122 59% Human Capital Taxes 31 18 58% VAT & Other Indirect Taxes 25 14 56% Inheritance Tax, Trust & Estates 46 26 57%     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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