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The international competition

Learn more about the International Competition & meet last year’s winner.

The first phase of the competition takes place in countries, click below to find a local competition details:

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Young Tax Professional of the Year

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Marissa Lee of Sunway TES to represent Malaysia at the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2017 international final
L-R: Amarjeet Singh, Malaysia Tax Leader, EY; Marissa Lee; and Rozina Shaik Osman Merican, Director of Corporate Services, Inland Revenue Board Malaysia (LHDNM)

Marissa Lee of Sunway TES to represent Malaysia at the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2017 international final

Marissa Lee Sher May, 22, was recently announced as the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2017 Malaysia! She will go on to represent Malaysia at the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year international final in Amsterdam from 26 – 30 November 2017. Marissa is currently pursuing her ACCA professional qualification in Sunway TES.

The first runner-up of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2017 Malaysia is Gordon Yuen Guo Dong, 21, an Accounting & Finance major from Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus; while Hannah Yee Pui Kei, 20, who is pursuing her ACCA professional qualification in Sunway TES was named second runner-up.

Congratulations to all the winners!


Congratulations to the top ten finalists of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2017

  • • Chiew Bor Jinn Eugene, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • • Marissa Lee Sher May, Sunway TES
  • • Ong Chiu Chee, University of Malaya
  • • Ong Wai Siong, Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • • Sharifah Nabihah bt Syed Jefri, Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • • Soon Yan Wen, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • • Tan Ying Zhen, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College
  • • Yee Pui Kei, Sunway TES
  • • Yhassini a/p R.L. Paniercelvan, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak
  • • Yuen Guo Dong, Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus

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

Do you want 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 YTPY Malaysia 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 will take place in the Netherlands from 26 – 30 November 2017.

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

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Eligibility criteria

  • Open to all Malaysian undergraduate and post graduate students, studying in local or foreign universities or colleges
  • Must be full-time students pursuing professional exams as at 30 November 2017
  • Also open to undergraduates/students who may graduate or complete their professional exams in 2017 but have not commenced full-time employment as at 30 November 2017
    N.B. 30 November 2017 is the day the international finals end.

 

Step 1 – Essay submission

You will need to submit an essay response to the question.

Deadline for essay submission: 5pm on Friday, 4 August 2017

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
  • Commercial awareness
  • 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 YTPY 2017 Malaysia will be announced at an awards ceremony on the same day.

The first prize winner of the YTPY 2017 Malaysia will then represent the country at the YTPY international competition in the Netherlands from 26 - 30 November 2017.

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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 in 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 in 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 in 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, New York 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 YTPY 2017 Malaysia award will represent the country at the YTPY international competition that takes place in the Netherlands from 26 - 30 November 2017.

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, New York 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.

Yasmin Ahmad Ariffin - EY YTPY 2016 Malaysia winner

Yasmin Ahmad Ariffin of Multimedia University was the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2016 Malaysia.

Yasmin represented Malaysia at the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year international final from 27 November – 1 December 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. There, she competed against winners from over 30 countries for the title of “EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2016”.

The first runner-up of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2016 Malaysia was Marissa Ooi Sze Min, a Finance and Economics major from Taylor’s University.

Tong Chy Suen, an Accounting major from Sunway –TES, Sunway University College, was the second runner-up.

The 10 finalists of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2016 Malaysia were:

Abirami a/p Ganesan, Sunway-TES
Celine Ng Pui Mun, University of Nottingham, Malaysia campus
Charis Chan Wei Yenn, HELP College of Arts and Technology
Chin Hwei Yee, HELP University
Lee Chang Boong, Universiti Malaya
Marissa Ooi Sze Min, Taylor’s University
Mohamad Naim bin Ramlee, Universiti Teknologi Mara
Tan Khai Sheng, Sunway-TES
Tong Chy Suen, Sunway-TES
Yasmin binti Ahmad Ariffin, Multimedia University

EY - Winners of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2015 Malaysia!
L-R: Chan Fung Han, Mohamad Naim bin Ramlee, Kok Ser Lin, Tan Kar Hee

The EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2015 Malaysia was Kok Ser Lin from Sunway-TES.

The first runner-up was Tan Kar Hee, an Accounting and Finance major from Nilai University.

Chan Fung Han, an Accounting major from Universiti Sains Malaysia and Mohamad Naim bin Ramlee, from the Faculty of Professional Accounting, Universiti Teknologi Mara, were joint second runners-up.

The 10 finalists of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2015 Malaysia were:

    • 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
  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 2017, students and young graduates representing over 30 countries will compete for the YTPY title in the Netherlands from 26 - 30 November 2017.

  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 2017.

  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, New York 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 2017 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 2017.

  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. Winners of International YTPY Award 2016:
    • First prize: Karl Frenzel, South Africa
    • Second prize: Tetiana Polonska, USA
    • Third prize: Jacob Kofoed Larsen, Denmark