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EY launches annual 2014 Young Tax Professional of the Year Award

London, 4 April 2014

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EY is delighted to announce the launch of its fourth consecutive international competition “Young Tax Professional of the Year” (YTPY). This award allows successful students, who are chosen from more than 30 countries, to compete through demonstrating their tax technical and professional skills to a panel of expert judges. 

Stephan Kuhn, EY’s Europe, Middle East, India and Africa Tax Leader, says: “At EY, we are committed to building a better working world. Developing young talent and providing young people with opportunities is one of the ways we can help fulfil our purpose. The Young Tax Professional of the Year program provides a platform for us to foster top tax talent and the tax leaders of the future. By bringing these students together, we want to show them how much the tax profession has changed today and how business is managed in different cultures, as well as exposing them to the skills required for tomorrow’s leaders.”

“There's nothing more important than identifying outstanding talent. The energy and ingenuity of today's youth is remarkable, and YTPY allows EY the opportunity to reward and encourage this next generation of tax professionals,” comments Paul Antrobus, Global Tax Talent Leader at EY.

Award participants will have access to invaluable global leadership training and one-on-one technical coaching, as well as the opportunity to network with leading figures from global organizations.

The program spans almost 250 universities in more than 30 countries. This year, the following countries are participating in the program: Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

More than just a competition

The Young Tax Professional of the Year is split into two stages: local and international. The judges will be looking for evidence of creative and analytical strengths, as well as practical skills.

Stage 1 – local competition:
During the initial competition in the home country, we will challenge both the candidates’ technical abilities and their wider commercial strengths.

Stage 2 – international final:
Taking place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from November 30 to December 4, successful country finalists will have the chance to work closely with a diverse range of professionals. They will face challenging case studies and interviews to demonstrate their expertise before the award judges. That panel will then confirm the three winners of the Young Tax Professional of the Year Award.

The awards ceremony:
The 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.

More than just a trophy

In recognition of the technical skills and professionalism demonstrated in front of the panel, the three award winners will be presented with prizes that provide an opportunity for personal experience, as well as connection to, and understanding of, the various tax markets:

  • First prize: a 30-day “round-the-world” business trip built around 10-day working visits 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
  • 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 in, and a high capacity to leverage, diverse perspectives and ideas. The winner is selected by a panel of peers based on the candidate’s openness to listening and learning about other cultures.

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