EY Tax Consulting Challenge

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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
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Frequently Asked Questions

The competition broadened my outlook on the opportunities in tax and brought to light many interesting topics which I was unaware of such as international tax and tax technology.

Nathan Joeng

2017 Oceania winner

 

Previous winners

  • 2020 winners

    In September 2020 Joshua Mok from the University of Sydney was named the Oceania winner of the EY Tax Consulting Challenge at a virtual awards ceremony.

    Congratulations to the following winners:

    • VIC: Anastasia Nikitaras, Monash University (3rd equal) and Janet Chhean, Monash University
    • QLD: Jahan Patel, University of Queensland (3rd equal) and Ellie Conroy, University of Queensland
    • NSW: Chloe Coorey, University of Sydney (2nd place)
    • WA: Ashley Yao, University of Western Australia
    • New Zealand: Sharon Xu, University of Auckland

    In his words

    "Coming in top 3 for this year's EY YTPY challenge has been a truly humbling experience. I have learnt so much from my peers and mentors and I will be cherishing these relationships for the years to come." – Joshua Mok, Oceania winner of the EY Tax Consulting Challenge 

    What was the highlight of the EY Tax Consulting Challenge for you?

    My highlight of the EY Tax Consulting Challenge was being connected with an EY professional while preparing for the competition. My calls with Sarah Stephenson were insightful and I was really able to get a better grasp of the tax industry and the challenges it was facing. After the competition, we also connected in person, meeting in the EY Sydney office for quick coffee catch-ups during my internship experience.

    Did participating in the EY Tax Consulting Challenge change your perception of Tax? How?

    The EY Tax Consulting Challenge opened up my mind on the international dimension of tax. Beyond tax compliance or tax controversy in a domestic realm, there is a whole new world relating to tax obligation of multinational companies and how conflicts of the taxing rights of two states would be resolved. As such, tax isn't necessarily geographically limiting, just look out for the right opportunities! 

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

    If you're planning to participate in the competition, I would recommend being proactive with your research! Read broadly and engage meaningfully with any readings, podcasts, or videos you come across on tax. To this extent, the competition is really a learning opportunity, and don't lose sight of this as you become immersed in the atmosphere of the competition! 

  • 2019 winners

    In May 2019, University of Auckland student, Joyeeta Bhakta, took out first prize at the EY Oceania Tax Consulting Challenge. Joyeeta then travelled to Amsterdam to represent Oceania at the 2019 EY Young Tax Professional and took out 3rd prize.

    Congratulations to the other EY Oceania Tax Consulting Challenge finalists:

    • ACT: Jeremy Soh - The Australian National University
    • NZ: Joyeeta Bhakta - The University of Auckland
    • NSW: Michael Luu - University of Sydney
    • NSW: Matthew Thrush - University of Sydney
    • QLD: Spandan Das - The University of Queensland
    • VIC: Jillian Chan - The University of Melbourne
    • WA: Lachlan Rogers Uff - The University of Western Australia

    In her words

    What was the highlight of the Tax Consulting Challenge for you?

    The biggest highlight has been the people. I was lucky enough to meet some of the team in EY Auckland and EY Melbourne. It was fantastic hearing from professionals at all levels - from graduate to partner and in between. It was particularly interesting hearing about the variety of backgrounds in tax, some taking very non-traditional paths towards tax. It was also great to see people genuinely excited for the work they do. Interacting with EY professionals in New Zealand and Australia has been a real treat - it is exciting to see such a fantastic and cohesive culture on both sides of the Tasman.

    Has participating in the competition changed your perception of Tax?
    If so, how?

    The Tax Consulting Challenge has completely changed my perception of Tax. I knew very little about careers in tax, and I had a very traditional perception of the profession. From the case study to the insightful conversations - I was blown away by how increasingly dynamic, intricate and inter-related the world of tax is. From trends in taxation to global trends such as digitalisation and big data - right now is a fascinating time and I am very thankful for how much I have learned.

    Would you encourage other students to enter the Tax Consulting Challenge?
    If so, why?

    I would wholeheartedly encourage other students to enter. University gives us a strong foundation on the basics, but some things you just cannot learn in class. Opportunities like the Tax Consulting Challenge provide invaluable insight into what the industry really looks like and where it is going. Best of all, you get to hear it from those who are driving the future!

  • 2018 winners

    In May 2018 University of Sydney student Samantha Schwarz was named the Oceania winner of the EY Tax Consulting Challenge 2018 and was then named the 2018 EY Young Tax Professional of the Year at the global competition in Amsterdam in November 2018.

    Congratulations to the following 2018 winners

    • VIC - Andrew O’Shea, University of Melbourne
    • QLD - Alex Bourne, Griffith University 
    • NSW - Bill Chan, University of Sydney and Heidi Dumesich, University of Sydney
    • WA - Peter Miocevich, Curtin University
    • SA - Therese Latz, University of South Australia
    • New Zealand - Lothar Krumpen, Victoria University of Wellington

    In her words

    What has been the highlight of the Young Tax Professional of the Year competition for you?

    The highlight of the YTPY competition was the entire experience of being in Amsterdam and meeting the other country winners. I also enjoyed being able to learn from experienced tax mentors, including having a partner from the India office as a coach whilst I was there.

    How did you feel when you found out you were named the 2018 EY Young Tax Professional of the Year at the global competition?

    I am very excited for my upcoming 30 day trip and the opportunity it presents to meet and learn from some of the current leaders in the tax profession. The chance to experience working in office environments in different countries, as well as to learn about what a career within the tax profession could look like, is also an exciting prospect.

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

    The advice I would give to students considering entering the competition would be to definitely give it a go as it's a great experience. Regarding advice for the technical aspects of the competition, I would suggest that when providing case study recommendations remember to be creative and consider all the relevant stakeholders.

  • 2017 winners

    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

    In his words

    What has been the highlight of the Young Tax Professional of the Year competition for you?

    The highlight of the competition was being able to meet, compete, and experience Amsterdam with fellow finalists from around the world. I enjoyed the discussions that took place, the river cruise and the competition day as the atmosphere was great and the case study was challenging and fun.

    Did participating in the Young Tax Professional of the Year competition change your perception of Tax? How?

    The entire experience from the Australian competition to the international competition has greatly impacted my perception of tax. The competition broadened my outlook on the opportunities in tax and brought to light many interesting topics which I was unaware of such as international tax and tax technology. Also, it has given me further insight into how technology will impact the profession and the tax environment.

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

    My advice would be to stay up to date with tax issues, technology, practise presenting and to be prepared to answer further questions on your presentation.

  • 2016 winners

    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

    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.

  • 2015 winners

    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

    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.