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When the ground beneath your feet is shifting, will you stand still or leap forward?

Dedicated to celebrating excellence, EY employs over 50,000 tax professionals in over 140 countries.

In a rapidly changing business and tax environment, our tax professionals combine agility, diverse thought, tax technical depth and the power of technology and analytics to provide exceptional client service.

Whatever direction your future career takes, getting exposure to tax through the EY Tax Consulting Challenge (TCC) is a fantastic way to kick it off. This Challenge offers you the chance to:

  • Start making the contacts who’ll drive your career forward
  • Learn about the worldwide career opportunities in tax
  • Discover how a leading-class professional services organisation uses tax advice to give its global clients the edge

The competition is split into three stages. Throughout, we will be looking for evidence of purpose and critical thinking – as well as the practical skills that will mark you out as one of the best.

Stage 1: State competition
In the first stage, we will challenge you to answer a case study in 750 words or less. Do well here against some of the best minds in your state and you will become a regional winner rewarded with a trip to Sydney to compete in the Oceania country competition.

Download a copy of the case study here and submit your answer here.

Stage 2: Oceania country competition
In the second stage, each regional winner will compete in the Oceania finals where you will participate in individual and group activities. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place receive an EY internship in their respective office. The Oceania overall finalist will also win a place in the global final.

Stage 3: Global final
Taking place in Amsterdam, the successful Oceania winner will attend the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) International final where you will work closely with people from other cultures and backgrounds from across the world. You will be challenged with individual and group activities in front of EY leaders, clients and academia judges.

The awards ceremony

YTPY finalists will be invited to a prestigious awards ceremony where — after a review of everyone’s performance throughout the competition — the winners will be announced.

Terms and conditions

Please click here to read the challenge terms and conditions.

Prizes that last a lifetime
By simply entering the competition you will:

  • Make contacts which will enhance your future career
  • Differentiate yourself from other graduates in an increasingly competitive job market
  • Provide yourself with a platform to launch your career

Oceania prizes
The overall winner, second and third place winners from the Oceania competition will receive an internship opportunity in their local EY office. The overall Oceania winner will travel to Amsterdam, The Netherlands between Saturday, 24 November — Wednesday, 28 November 2018 and participate in the International competition.

International Prizes

First prize
A 30-day round-the-world business trip planned around 10-day working visits to key EY offices in London, Hong Kong and USA. You will build a network of the world’s leading tax professionals for the rest of your life.

Second prize
A 10-day visit to one of EY’s tax centres.

Third 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.

  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.

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

    The award honours 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
  2. What is the difference between the EY Tax Consulting Challenge (TCC) and the YTPY competition?
    The EY Tax Consulting Challenge is the local (Oceania) competition. The YTPY Awards refers to the international competition.
  3. 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 Europe between Sunday, 26 November - Thursday, 30 November 2017 to compete for the World YTPY Award 2017.
  4. When did the program start? 
    The YTPY program started in 2011 and involved nine countries. The program was first launched in Australia in 2015. This year, New Zealand will join Australia in the Oceania local competition.
  5. How many countries are involved?
    In 2017, students and graduates representing over 30 countries competed for the YTPY title in the Netherlands. The winner was Natalia Averina, representing Russia.
  6. What kind of guidance are the participants given to prepare for the international 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 individualised guidance and feedback.

Terms and conditions
Please click here to read the challenge terms and conditions.

In June UNSW student Nathan Huynh was named the Australian winner of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2015. Nathan enjoyed lunch at the EY Sydney office with Craig Robson, Oceania Tax Leader, Antoinette Elias, George Stamoulos, Tax Partner and Victoria Saunders, Oceania Tax HR Leader.

Congratulations to the following 2015 state winners

  • ACT — George Cameron, ANU
  • WA — Ian Jay, UWA
  • VIC — Zan Fairweather, University of Melbourne
  • QLD — David Cameron, UQ
  • NSW — Nathan Huynh, UNSW

As the overall Australian winner, Nathan represented Australia at the international final in Amsterdam in November 2015.

EY - YTPY Winners
EY - YTPY Winners

In his words

We’ve asked Nathan Huynh, winner of the 2015 Australian Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) to share his experience of participating in the competition.

What motivated you to enter?
The Australian YTPY competition was based on the taxation of multinational corporations. Given the complex and topical nature, it was extremely appealing to be able to look at the issue in great depth, develop viable strategies and have these strategies critiqued by leading tax partners.

What was your approach to tackling the case study?
My approach was to first understand the existing taxation structures employed by multinational corporations and what enables the minimisation of liabilities. I then researched the various short and long-term options that have been proposed by academics and professionals. I analysed their viability from economic, commercial and political perspectives.

How has your degree/university studies helped you in answering the case?
My university studies have taught me how to apply theoretical principles to actual case studies. This has really developed the way I approach problem questions, allowing for a much more holistic and viable solution.

Did this experience change your perception of the tax profession? How?
Honestly speaking, I initially perceived the tax profession as a bit “dry”. However after completing the YTPY competition, I realised how central taxation is to many facets of business and economics — and how diverse and exciting the profession can be. It really changed my perception.

How did you feel when you found out you were the national winner?
I’ve always known EY to be a powerhouse amongst the tax professional services organisations, both in Australia and globally. To have my presentation recognised by an organisation of such calibre was extremely humbling and affirming.

Would you encourage others to participate in the YTPY competition?
Definitely. I feel like my participation in the YTPY competition has allowed me to strengthen both my technical and soft skills. This has been invaluable in my own career development. Also the opportunity to present to experienced partners should not be underestimated.

What advice would you give to those planning to participate in the competition?
Make sure you do your research and take a systemic approach. The risk of jumping straight into a solution may hinder your ability to present something that is truly reflective of your ability and understanding.

In July 2016 University of South Australia student Grace English was named the Australian winner of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2016. Grace enjoyed lunch at the EY Adelaide office with Tax Partner Sean van der Linden.

Congratulations to the following 2016 state winners

  • VIC — John Tran, University of Melbourne
  • WA — Pardis Maghami, Murdoch University
  • QLD — Kyle Beattie, Bond University
  • NSW — Thomas McKenzie, University of Technology Sydney
  • SA — Grace English, University of South Australia

As the overall Australian winner, Grace represented Australia at the international final in Amsterdam in November 2016.

EY - YTPY Winners
EY - YTPY Winners

In her words

We’ve asked Grace English, winner of the 2016 Australian Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) to share her experience of participating in the competition.

What motivated you to enter?
The competition presented an opportunity to explore issues in tax beyond the classroom, focusing on more practical and international aspects of taxation. I also saw it as a means to test my knowledge and analytical skills in some of the most interesting areas of taxation.

What has been the highlight of the Young Tax Professional of the Year competition for you?
The highlight of the competition was meeting the other finalists. Twenty eight countries participated in the competition, so I was fortunate enough to be able to meet and work with many different people from different backgrounds and cultures. The sessions run by the senior tax professionals from EY from around the world and other business leaders provided me with valuable insights into taxation and business on an international level.

How has your degree/university studies helped you in answering the case?
My double degree of law and commerce provided me with a good foundation that this competition is based upon, as taxation has both commercial and legal aspects.

Did this experience change your perception of the tax profession? How?
Absolutely. The competition involved discussions and presentations surrounding the importance of technology and taxation, which really showed me how important and dynamic taxation is.

How did you feel when you found out you were the national winner?
I was ecstatic to find out that I had been shortlisted for the South Australia round of the competition, so to receive the call that I was a finalist in the international competition and would be going to Amsterdam was a dream come true.

Would you encourage others to participate in the YTPY competition?
I would definitely encourage others to participate in this competition. The chance to compete in Amsterdam was an amazing experience. Additionally, participation in the local competition was incredibly beneficial, as I was able to practise and develop new skills. I also found the mentoring process offered prior to the competition very helpful.

What advice would you give to those planning to participate in the competition?
I would encourage students to focus on presentation skills and developing business acumen as well as the technical taxation skills. Taxation is multidisciplinary and inherent to business activities, so being able to demonstrate an understanding of how businesses work and how you can help clients I see as an advantage.

In July 2017 University of New South Wales student Nathan Joeng was named the Australian winner of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2017.

Congratulations to the following 2017 state winners

  • VIC — Fahd Kahlil, La Trobe University
  • WA — Shiya Tee, University of Western Australia
  • QLD — Matthew Cook, James Cook University
  • NSW — Nathan Joeng, The University of New South Wales
  • SA — Mark Samson, The University of Adelaide

As the overall Australian winner, Nathan represented Australia at the international final in Amsterdam in November 2017.

EY - YTPY 2017 Winner
EY - YTPY 2017 Winner