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Young Tax Professional of the Year

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Congratulations to the 10 finalists of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2015 Malaysia!

    • Chan Fung Han, Universiti Sains Malaysia
    • Foo Chi Khing, Universiti Sains Malaysia
    • Kok Ser Lin, Sunway-TES
    • Loh Kai Ying, Universiti Malaya
    • Mohamad Naim bin Ramlee, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM)
    • Mohd Norhidayat bin Mohamad Khalid, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM)
    • Muhammad Irfan bin Abd Ghapa, Multimedia University (Cyberjaya)
    • Stanley Wong Xiang Yong, Sunway-TES
    • Tan Kar Hee, Nilai University
    • Zoe Ding Ze Fen, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College

They will proceed to the final stage where they will present a case study to the panel of judges on 15 September.

Look out for the announcement of the top three winners, including the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2015 Malaysia after that!


Do you want to see the business world in global terms?

Do you want to learn to work with people from around the world and learn how business is done in different cultures?

All of this while learning new skills that are expected of tomorrow’s leaders?

This is what the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) is all about!

EY’s Young Tax Professional of the Year is an international tax competition which allows students from all over the world to test and demonstrate their tax technical skills.

It is also an opportunity to take your career further, faster…

The competition works in two stages:

Stage 1 – National competition

At this stage, you’ll test your skills and knowledge against some of the best Malaysian undergraduates to be a finalist.

An independent judging panel will then determine the top three winners of the Malaysia YTPY award.

Stage 2 – International competition

Join other national champions to see if you have what it takes to win!

The first prize winner of the Malaysia YTPY award will represent the country at the YTPY international competition that takes place in the Netherlands from 29 November – 3 December 2015.

During the international final, the YTPY national winners will be challenged with case studies and participate in interviews before a panel of international judges. They will work closely with people from other cultures and backgrounds.

After a final review of their performance throughout the competition, the participants will be invited to a prestigious awards ceremony where the top three winners of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year award will be announced.

If you have any queries about this competition, please email EYMalaysia@my.ey.com

EY Young Tax Professional of the Year

The Malaysia YTPY competition is open to all Malaysian undergraduate students, studying in local or foreign universities or colleges.

This competition is open to Malaysians who are full-time undergraduates as at 3 December 2015 as well as Malaysians who are undertaking full-time professional exams as at 3 December 2015. This competition is also open to undergraduates who may graduate prior to 3 December 2015 and/or students who may complete their professional exams prior to 3 December 2015 provided that they have not commenced full-time employment as at 3 December 2015. (N.B. 3 December 2015 is the day the international finals end.)

The finalists and winners of the Malaysia YTPY 2015 will be selected through a two-step process:

Step 1 – Essay submission

You will need to submit an essay response to one of the three questions.

Deadline for essay submission: 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 7 August 2015

Based on the essay responses, a panel of judges will then determine 10 finalists.

Judging will be based on (but not limited to) the following criteria:

  • Contents of the essay
  • Depth of issues presented
  • Research analysis adopted
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Overall presentation

Step 2 – Final

The 10 finalists will be assigned a case study to prepare individually and thereafter will be invited to a half-day event at the EY office in Kuala Lumpur in September, where they will have to present their research on the case study to a panel of independent judges.

The top three winners of the Malaysia YTPY 2015 will be announced at an awards ceremony on the same day.

The first prize winner of the Malaysia YTPY 2015 will then represent the country at the YTPY international competition in the Netherlands from 29 November – 3 December 2015.

EY Young Tax Professional of the Year

More than just a trophy

Prizes that will last you a lifetime and define your future career…

National prizes

1st prize:

  • Paid internship of no less than 8 weeks or conditional offer of employment with EY Malaysia, represent Malaysia in the international competition, and RM 8,000.00 cash prize

2nd prize:

  • Paid internship of no less than 8 weeks or conditional offer of employment with EY Malaysia, stand-by participation in the international competition, and RM 6,000.00 cash prize

3rd prize:

  • Paid internship of no less than 8 weeks or conditional offer of employment with EY Malaysia and RM 3,000.00 cash prize

International prizes

1st prize:

  • A 30-day round-the-world business trip built around 10-day working visits to key EY Area Tax Centers in London, Washington D.C. and Hong Kong.

2nd prize:

  • A 10-day visit to one of EY’s Tax Centers

3rd prize:

  • An invitation to take part in one of our exceptional EY international client conferences, where you will rub shoulders with some of our finest partners and most valued clients

EY Young Tax Professional of the Year

The first prize winner of the Malaysia YTPY 2015 award will represent the country at the YTPY international competition that takes place in the Netherlands from 29 November – 3 December 2015.

During the international final, the YTPY national winners will be challenged with case studies to prepare and present before a panel of international judges. They will work closely with people from other cultures and backgrounds.

After a final review of their performance throughout the competition, the participants will be invited to a prestigious awards ceremony where the top three winners of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year award will be announced.

 

International prizes

1st prize:

  • A 30-day round-the-world business trip built around 10-day working visits to key EY Area Tax Centers in London, Washington D.C. and Hong Kong.

2nd prize:

  • A 10-day visit to one of EY’s Tax Centers

3rd prize:

  • An invitation to take part in one of our exceptional EY international client conferences, where you will rub shoulders with some of our finest partners and most valued clients

Please visit www.ey.com/ytpy for more information about the International Final.

Find out what the top three winners of the YTPY 2014 Malaysia have to say about their experience participating in the competition.

Francis Choong Jiat Jin
Country Winner, EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2014 Malaysia

EY YTPY - Francis Choong Jiat Jin

Why did you join the YTPY competition?

Undeniably, the YTPY competition is a very prestigious and highly regarded competition that focuses on taxation. As my four-year degree was coming to an end soon and knowing that I will be entering the job markets after that, I decided to take the challenge of testing myself against some of the brilliant minds in Malaysia. I believe that the competition truly served as a platform for me to have a glimpse of the real business world and to prepare myself for a better future. 

What was the most challenging experience in the YTPY competition? And the most enjoyable?

Defeating the nervousness of presenting in front of the judges and a group of senior members in the taxation field was the most challenging and also the most enjoyable experience of this competition.

Tell us about your experience in the World YTPY competition.

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to interact with the other finalists from other countries. It was like a “Young Tax Professional Summit” where there was a diverse group of people with different cultures, languages and educational backgrounds, but we all shared the same passion and interest in the tax field. The fact that the tax world consists of people from various backgrounds such as Law, Accounting, Business and even the Sciences fascinates me. We were very open to each other’s views and often went into exciting debates.     

What was the most challenging experience at the World YTPY competition? And the most memorable?

The most challenging experience was the short amount of time given to prepare for the case study presentation to the judges. We were given only 30 minutes to prepare for the tax response to an extensive business scenario. The presentation was set-up like a business meeting with a client. This challenged me further as the judges could interrupt the presentation and ask questions. The judges consisted of EY Tax leaders, an EY client Senior Tax Director, the tax authorities and representatives from the OECD as well as academic professors specializing in taxation. The list of respected names in the panel of judges made this competition even more challenging.

Despite all the interesting activities throughout the two days before the competition started, the most memorable experience was how we spent the time after the announcement of the top seven who went on to the final round of the competition. The rest of us explored Amsterdam together. Everyone was so friendly. Although some of us were disappointed for not making it to the top 7, we still enjoyed the company of each other as we knew we had an amazing experience. It seemed like we had been friends for the longest time.

What are your plans for the future (short-term/long-term)?

I am very interested in building my career in the tax industry. I know that taking the path of a tax professional is a never ending journey and I truly believe that it is both exciting and challenging at the same time. My plan for the short term would be trying to keep abreast with the fast changing business and tax world as well as developing the required knowledge and skills to further my career in the tax profession. 

What have you gained both personally and professionally, from participating in this competition?

The competition gave me better confidence in my speaking and presentation skills. The competition also made me appreciate the importance of good communication skills. A successful person does not only require sound technical knowledge but also excellent communication skills in order to get the relevant message effectively across to the intended audience.  

Did this experience change your perception of the tax profession? How?

The tax profession may be very specialized but it has many sub-areas that require different knowledge sets that we can further explore and develop. The tax environment is constantly evolving and there are many issues to be addressed by the governments and international organizations. Nevertheless, tax is a very important consideration for all businesses regardless of size and industry. This competition also taught me that the tax profession is not just about filing tax returns but also involves advisory services that have a great impact on many day-to-day business decisions.

Would you encourage others to participate in the YTPY competition?

If you are interested to venture in the business world and climb the corporate ladder, this is definitely not an opportunity to be missed! Regardless of whether you are interested in the tax profession, participating in the YTPY competition gives you a taste of what the business world is about. The competition is very well structured in a way that all participants will be tested not only on their tax knowledge but also their business sense and other soft skills. I assure you that no matter how far you go in this competition, the experience will definitely make a positive difference in you.   

What advice would you give to those planning to participate in the competition?

Don’t fret and do your best like this is your last opportunity to showcase yourself. At the same time, enjoy the moment when the stage is yours!

 

Muhammad Shahmi bin Shahidan
1st runner up, EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2014 Malaysia

EY YTPY - Muhammad Shahmi bin Shahidan

Why did you join the YTPY Malaysia competition?

Initially, I joined YTPY just to try my luck to see how far I could go in the competition. I did my best, especially during the preliminary round where I needed to write an essay on the topic given. I spent my semester break reading many articles on the topic to gather some ideas on what to write comprehensively based on the questions asked. Besides that, the chance to secure an internship position with EY was the main motivation to join the competition.

What was the most challenging experience in the YTPY Malaysia competition? And the most enjoyable?

The most challenging experience would be presenting in front of the experienced judges on my own because it was an individual competition. The judges asked questions to test my knowledge and understanding about the case study discussed which was challenging. The most enjoyable moment would be when I was announced as the first runner-up because I did not expect to be among the top finalists. I just gave it my best and was glad that my efforts had been paid off.

What are your plans for the future (short-term/long-term)?

I am currently in my final semester so for the short-term I will focus on my studies and excel in my degree. I am still looking into possible options that best suit my future aspirations, and joining EY is one of them as I did my internship with EY as part of the prize in this competition.

Did this experience change your perception of the tax profession? How?

Yes, it changed my perception about the tax profession, which I initially thought was just about computing tax returns. However, the profession is important in contributing to a corporation's progress and the development of the country as tax can be a major determining factor for a company to conduct business.

Would you encourage others to participate in the YTPY competition?

Yes, I would strongly encourage other students to participate in this competition as they stand to gain a great experience outside of the classroom and learn more about tax.

What advice would you give to those planning to participate in the competition?

Read more articles on tax, especially on the current issues and improve your writing skills.


Liew Wan Siang
2nd runner up, EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2014 Malaysia

EY YTPY - Liew Wan Siang

Why did you join the YTPY Malaysia competition?

At first, it was the attractive prizes offered in this competition that grabbed my attention in terms of the potential internship offer, amazing cash prize and ultimate opportunity to represent the country. YTPY is one of the most renowned competitions available for undergraduate students in Malaysia. It is a challenge that allows you to test your potential and compete with some of the best students in Malaysia. Besides that, I found it interesting to apply the tax knowledge that I have learnt in the classroom. This was definitely a different experience from attending a taxation exam as the scope of the competition was bigger and a lot of research and thinking skills were required.

What was the most challenging experience in the YTPY Malaysia competition? And the most enjoyable?

The most challenging part of this competition was the presentation in the final. The case study was unlike the type of questions that I experienced in university examinations. A lot of the areas tested in the case study were beyond the tax knowledge that I have learnt in university. Extensive research and in-depth critical thinking were needed to come up with a solution that met the requirements of the case study.  The most enjoyable experience would be the opportunity to interact with some of the best students in Malaysia and also the tax professionals. It was an inspiring process to learn about the tax profession from tax professionals.

What are your plans for the future (short-term/long-term)?

Currently I am working as an auditor. Through my career in auditing I hope to explore the business world and develop myself personally and professionally. After having a few years exposure in audit I plan to switch my career into advisory. Tax advisory is definitely one of the options that I will consider.

Did this experience change your perception of the tax profession? How?

Through my experience in this competition, I realized that the tax profession is more exciting than I imagined. It is more than just filing tax returns and complying with laws and regulations. The case study in the final round gave me some idea on how complex and technically challenging the tax profession can be. There is a need for in-depth critical thinking and problem solving skills so that a suitable tax solution that fits the client’s need is proposed.

Would you encourage others to participate in the YTPY competition?

Definitely! The YTPY experience was one of the best moments in my student life. I would encourage my juniors to take part in it regardless of whether they have any tax background or knowledge. I still recall that there was a finalist who was a science student. Therefore, although you may only have some basic tax knowledge, do not let that stop you as determination and willingness to explore and learn are the most important keys to success. Besides that, this is a good opportunity to learn more about the tax profession. Although the whole process requires a lot of hard work, it is all worthwhile because you will definitely find there is much to learn. So, do not hesitate to participate if you are interested.

What advice would you give to those planning to participate in the competition?

Work hard. Remember, there is no absolute right or wrong answer in this competition, so try to apply some creativity into your work. If you qualify for the final, be confident during your presentation, especially when you face some unexpected questions from the judges. The judges are all very friendly and encouraging. Take a deep breath and think carefully before you answer their questions. Good luck to all of you!


Zoe Ding Ze Fen
2nd runner up, EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2014 Malaysia

EY YTPY - Zoe Ding Ze Fen

Why did you join the YTPY Malaysia competition?

I found the topics provided for the essay submission in the initial round of the competition to be very interesting. I told myself that I had nothing to lose, so why not just give it a try, and challenge myself.

What was the most challenging experience in the YTPY Malaysia competition? And the most enjoyable?

The most challenging part of the competition was the case study. There was no one ultimate answer to the case study, and while researching I found that there was a lot of information that seemed relevant, thus it was quite a challenge for me to identify and prioritise the issues and suggestions to fit the presentation into the given duration of 10 minutes.

The most enjoyable part would be right after the presentation, the feeling of satisfaction for accomplishing something that I thought I never would have gone through and definitely, seeing the smile on my parents’ and my lecturers’ faces.

What are your plans for the future (short-term/long-term)?

My short-term plan would be to do my best in my studies while at the same time being open towards new challenges and experiences. In the longer term, I aspire to be a professional, by improving my technical skills and knowledge as well as engaging well with those around me.

Did this experience change your perception of the tax profession? How?

Yes, it did. All this while I thought that tax was a very dull and routine subject matter, but after being given the opportunity to experience the whole process of the competition at the local stage, I realised that my views were very narrow. I see that, tax is not just about complying with the tax regulations of a particular country, and that there is more to tax than what we know.

Would you encourage others to participate in the YTPY competition?

Certainly! The competition is open to all students regardless of whether you are taking a business related subject or others. It challenges us to think beyond the theoretical knowledge that we already possess plus there is the internet, where a comprehensive research will help you to be able to drill down the technical aspect of the case on hand. In order to outshine others, it takes one to think differently and try to cover all aspects thoroughly in a short and concise manner. You need to be able to provide a solution that is somewhat different from the rest yet still practical and valid.

What advice would you give to those planning to participate in the competition?

Do not hesitate. All it takes is your effort, embrace the challenge and break your limits. You never know how the end would be, give it a try and enjoy yourself.


The views of third parties set out in this publication are not necessarily the views of the global EY organization or its member firms. Moreover, they should be seen in the context of the time they were made.

  1. What is the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) Award?
    The YTPY Award was created by EY to reward and encourage the next generation of tax professionals. In 2015, students and young graduates representing over 30 countries will compete for the YTPY title in the Netherlands from 29 November – 3 December 2015.

  2. What is the difference between the local and the international competition?
    Participants in each country compete for the country’s national YTPY Award. Each country winner is then eligible to join other country winners during the international final in Amsterdam to compete for the World YTPY Award 2015.

  3. When was the program started?
    The YTPY program started in 2011 and involved nine countries. The program was launched in Malaysia in 2013.

  4. How many countries are involved?
    The YTPY competition is being held in over 30 countries this year.

  5. Why did EY establish the YTPY program?
    The answer, quite simply, is that young talents matter: they are the next generation of tax professionals, a profession that is growing in strategic importance.

    YTPY is an innovative program that seeks to reward and encourage the next generation.

    The award honors the contributions of promising students and graduates, and serves to:
    • Reaffirm the growing importance of tax knowledge in the world of business and finance among university students and graduates
    • Promote the emergence of young talented professionals in the field of tax, thus fostering interest for the tax profession and a future career in this field
    • Demonstrate to leaders of business, the tax profession and tax administrations globally that investment in future tax talent is essential
       
  6. How does a student get to the international YTPY Award level?
    The process begins with a national competition in most countries. All country winners are then eligible for the international YTPY Award. There is no separate nomination process for the international YTPY Award since all the candidates qualify on the basis of being the current YTPY country winners.

  7. Will there be awards given in different categories at the international YTPY Award level? What will the prizes be?
    There are no specific award categories, but there will be a special recognition for the candidate who demonstrates the most "inclusive leadership" style and skills.

    The three successful winners will be rewarded as follows:

    • First prize: A 30-day “round-the-world” business trip built around a 10-day working visit to key EY Area Tax Centers in London, Washington DC and Hong Kong
    • Second prize: A 10-day visit to one of EY’s Area Tax Centers
    • Third prize: An invitation to participate in an EY international client conference, at which the winner will have the opportunity to meet our leaders and key clients

    There is also an additional prize:

    • Patrick Dibout Inclusive Leadership prize: Bearing the name of a founding member of the competition, this prize is awarded to the candidate who demonstrates the most inclusive leadership behavior, as well as a particular interest and a high capacity to leverage diverse perspectives and ideas. The winner is selected by his/her peers, based on his/her openness to listening and learning about other cultures.
       
  8. How are the winners selected?
    All of the students competing for this year's World YTPY Award have won the title of YTPY 2015 in their respective countries. During the final testing days preceding the international YTPY award, each participant will have the opportunity to work closely with a diverse range of tax professionals who will assist in preparing the candidates to meet with the final judging panel. The finalists will be challenged with international taxation case studies and interviews before expert judges, who will be looking for evidence of creative and analytical strengths, as well as practical skills, inclusive leadership behavior and personality. The panel will then confirm the three winners of the Young Tax Professional of the Year Award 2015.

  9. What kind of guidance are the participants given to prepare for the competition?
    Each country winner will have an EY tax professional to act as a local coach, providing insight on tax technical and approaches to case analysis and presentation. At the international event, EY senior tax professionals will be present to provide individualized guidance and feedback.

  10. Who is on the judging panel? How do you ensure the judging process is unbiased?
    The judging panel will include not only partners of EY’s Tax practice, but also influential members of the tax community from government, academia and corporations. Judges are rotated from year to year, to ensure fresh thinking and enthusiasm in the judging process.

  11. How can students and graduates coming from vastly different academic and professional backgrounds be judged against each other?
    The award is given on the basis of six criteria, allowing all country winners an equal opportunity to compete: entrepreneurial spirit, financial “flair”, strategic direction, innovation, technical knowledge and executive presence.

  12. Who won last year’s international YTPY Award?
    • First prize: Benjamin Mbana, South Africa
    • Second prize: Vilho Lammi, Finland
    • Third prize: Rita Julien, Luxembourg