EY Young Tax Professional of the Year

EY Young Tax Professional of the Year is an international competition designed to reward and foster the next generation of tax leaders.

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Young tax professional of the year 2019

Future tax leaders from 17 countries competed at the global final in Amsterdam

Winner to embark on a 30-day global tour of EY member firms

The Netherlands finalist Jelle Kanters has been awarded this year’s EY Young Tax Professional of the Year title at the global final held in Amsterdam. Jelle was picked from among the 17 country winners vying for the title. Jelle will now gain hands-on experience at EY member firms’ offices in London, New York and Singapore as part of a 30-day global tour and will have the opportunity to network with some of the world’s leading tax professionals.

Russia representative Alina Ivanova took second prize, a 10-day visit to one of the EY Area Tax Centers, while Joyeeta Bhakta of Oceania was awarded third prize, an invitation to participate in an EY international client conference where she will have the opportunity to explore the most pertinent issues facing the global business community. The Inclusive Leadership Award went to Borja Rosel Ruiz de Gaona from Spain, voted for by his peers for demonstrating exemplary inclusive leadership skills during the competition.

Jennifer Wishnie, Young Tax Professional of the Year sponsor and EY Global Tax Talent Leader, says:

“The tax environment is constantly transforming to reflect legislative, regulatory and technological changes. Now more than ever, Tax is taking a seat at the global table, traversing borders to highlight the power in international, multilateral thinking and decision-making. Reflecting this landscape, the competition places a strategic emphasis on digital readiness and innovation.”

Young Tax Professional of the Year was established by EY in 2010 to reward and foster the next generation of tax leaders. All competitors are selected by EY member firms in collaboration with local universities, and finalists hold their respective home country titles.

This year included candidates from the 17 represented countries to participate in technical workshops, case studies and interviews before a judging panel, which included EY leaders, academics and tax directors from major multinational companies.

Wishnie says: “Each year I am thoroughly impressed with the poise, creativity, determination and knowledge of all participants. Through the competition, the next generation of leaders is advancing their capabilities in in tax technical knowledge, technology skills and transformative leadership to become trusted business advisors.”

The local competition

This is the opportunity to take your career further, faster.

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 Young Tax Professional of the Year competition is all about

The first phase of the competition takes place in your local country where you study.

During the first round we will challenge your technical abilities and wider commercial strengths — do well here against some of the best minds in your country and you will become a country finalist. As a country finalist, you will represent your country at the Young Tax Professional of the Year international final.

    The international final

    The Young Tax Professional of the Year 2019 competition will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in November. During the four-day international final, the successful country finalists will work closely with people from other cultures and backgrounds.

    Participants will be challenged with case studies and interviews before experienced judges. The finalists will be invited to a prestigious awards ceremony where — after a final review of performance throughout the competition — the three winners of the Young Tax Professional of the Year will be announced.

    Inclusive Leadership Award

    The Inclusive Leadership Award is one of four awards presented by EY as part of the Young Tax Professional of the Year program. The award recognizes those who understand the value of difference as a driver of performance, embrace a collaborative leadership style; and find ways to support difference.

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    Prizes that last a lifetime

    More than just a trophy

    Just entering the competition will give you the opportunities, confidence and platform to launch your career. No matter where you choose to work.

    But for the three finalists, there are added rewards, including:

    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.

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    How to take part

    The Young Tax Professional of the Year Award is open to all students studying undergraduate (year three or four), postgraduate or Masters courses at participating institutions around the world.

    For more information about your local country competition, select your country below for more details.

    Participating countries 2019-2020

    • Australia

      Country competition date 30-05-2019
      Location for country competition Melbourne, Australia
      What participants will win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finalists received a tax internship. 1st place will attend the global YTPY competition.
      Eligibility Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents who are currently enrolled in university and due to complete their degree between 2020 and 2022
      Country website https://www.ey.com/en_au/careers/ey-oceania-tax-consulting-challenge
    • Belgium

      Country competition date 30-03-2019
      Location for country competition Madrid
      What participants will win Selected to join the global competition.

      Eligibility

      They will solve a business case which requires technical skills and soft skills
    • France

      Country competition date 27-06-2019
    • GDS - Global

      Country competition date 20-09-2019
      Location for country competition Bangalore, India
      What Participants will win A Laptop, potential internship opportunity at GDS location & opportunity to represent EY GDS at the Global finals hosted in Amsterdam
      Eligibility Students of 2nd year undergraduate and post graduates from the identified 23 colleges / universities

      Do you want to play a role in shaping the way we do business in the future? GDS Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) 2019 gives you that opportunity! After the successful completion of GDS YTPY 2018, we are on the lookout for the brightest young minds from around the world again, starting with India.

      Do you have what we are looking for?

      About the contest

      For EY:

      EY Young Tax Professional of the Year is an international competition designed to identify and celebrate high potential corporate leaders in the making, and give them the right platform to enhance their professional skills and kick start their careers.

      For You:

      This unique competition recognizes and rewards the next generation of tax professionals! This program encourages promising students and reaffirms the growing importance of tax in the world of business.

      By bringing together national Young Tax Professional winners from over 30 countries, the event will allow you to see how the working world is evolving, envision what the workplace of the future could look like, and how business is managed at a global level. The competition will also introduce participants to the skills required to be the leaders of tomorrow. The competition will go on to give the semi-finalists a one-of-a-kind opportunity to share experiences with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures who make it amongst the top 25 contestants in India.

      Take the challenge

      It’s time to put on your thinking caps!

      Some of the core competencies that the competition focuses on include logical reasoning, strategic thinking and presentation skills. While having knowledge of tax is helpful, it is not the defining principle that will crown the Young Tax Professional of the Year.

      Think you have what it takes to win this competition? Look out for the registrations opening at your campus shortly.

      Once the registration is done, the competition will consist of three rounds: -

      Stage 1

      Online aptitude test

      Stage 2

      Case study-based assessment and a personal interview

      Finale

      Case study presentation to EY jury

      Exciting prizes!

      GDS Regional Winner:

      First Prize:

      • Winner of the national level competition will represent EY GDS at the Global Finale hosted in Amsterdam
      • A Laptop
      • Potential internship opportunity at GDS India

      Second prize:

      • A business trip to participate in an event for Senior Managers
      • A Laptop
      • Potential internship opportunity at GDS India

      Third prize:

      • A Laptop
      • Potential internship opportunity at GDS India

      What’s more?

      If you win the YTPY event in Amsterdam, you stand to win:

      First prize:

      • A 30-day ‘round-the-world’ business trip to key EY Offices in London, New York and
        Hong Kong.

      Second prize:

      • A 10-day business trip to London

      Third prize:

      • A visit to participate in an EY international client conference at London
      • Meet the 2018 winners

        What the winners say:

        Vaishnavi Viswanathan – Winner, EY GDS YTPY 2018 -

        “This competition has taught me to be fearless, spontaneous and communicate my ideas confidently. The best part was the opportunity to meet and learn from Kate Barton, EY’s Global Tax Leader, along with some amazing people from 30 other countries – it was like being part of a big cultural confluence.”

        Vyoma Uchil – 1st Runner-up, EY GDS YTPY 2018 –

        “Coming with no knowledge or background in Tax, every step was a new learning. The priceless advice I received during my interactions with EY’s Leadership team is something that I will carry with me throughout my career.”

        Parth Desai – 2nd Runner-up, EY GDS YTPY 2018 –

        “This unique platform gave me an opportunity to meet and interact with global leaders of EY, even before I started my corporate career!”

        Stay updated

        Watch out for emails from your college and EY’s presentation at your campus for further details!

        #GDSTax #YTPY #GDSYTPY #BetterWorkingWorld #LeaderOfTomorrow  

        GDS India winner
    • Germany

      Country competition date 20 & 21 Jun 2019
      Location for country competition Hamburg, Germany
      Eligibility
      Undergraduate students
      Country website https://www.ey.com/de_de/careers/karriere-events-fuer-studierende-young-tax-professional-of-the-year
    • Greater China

      Country competition date 30-03-2019
      Location for country competition Shanghai
      What participants will win Internship
      Eligibility Undergraduate and postgraduate students,  PRC citizens
      Country website
    • India

      Country competition date 27-09-2019
    • Italy

      Country competition date 06-11-2019
      Location for country competition Milan
      What participants will win Finalists win EY branded gadgets and the winner will get participation to the final in Amsterdam
      Eligibility Group assessment, HR interview and Service line interview
    • Japan

      Country competition date 12-07-2019
      Location for country competition Tokyo
      What participants will win
      Internship/Prize Money
      Eligibility Undergraduate students; Citizens or students studying in Japan
    • Malaysia

      Country competition date 02-10-2019
      Location for country competition Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
      What participants will win

      1st prize: Paid internship of no less than 8 weeks or conditional offer of employment with EY office in Malaysia

      • Represent Malaysia in the international competition
      • RM 8,000.00 cash prize

      2nd prize: Paid internship of no less than 8 weeks or conditional offer of employment with EY office in Malaysia

      • Stand-by participation in the international competition
      • RM 6,000.00 cash prize

      3rd prize: Paid internship of no less than 8 weeks or conditional offer of employment with EY office in Malaysia

      • RM 3,000.00 cash prize
      Eligibility
      • Malaysian undergraduate and post graduate students, studying in local or foreign universities or colleges
      • Full-time students pursuing professional qualifications as at 27 November 2019
      • Undergraduates/students who may have graduated or completed their professional exams in 2019 but have not commenced full-time employment as at 27 November 2019
    • Netherlands

      Country competition date 12-05-2019
      Location for country competition Netherlands
      What participants will win  Participation to the YPTY 
      Eligibility Tax Law students
    • Russia

      Country competition date 24-10-2019
      Location for country competition Moscow
      What participants will win Money Prizes
      Eligibility Undergraduate students (senior years) and recent graduates with specialization in Economics, Tax,  Accountancy, Finance, Mathematics or Law; knowledge of English from Intermediate level
      Country website https://www.ey.com/ru/ru/careers/ey-ytpy-competition
    • South Africa

      Country competition date 05-09-2019
      Location for country competition Johannesburg
      What participants will win Internship
      Eligibility Currently studying with no formal work experience
    • Spain

      Country competition date 15-02-2019
      Location for country competition Madrid
      What participants will win Global Competition
      Eligibility Final year students in Tax & Law, EU nationality
    • Sweden

      Country competition date Expected to take place in March/April 2020
      Location for country competition Stockholm

      What participants will win

      • Employment contract flexible with regards to SSL and start date plus SEK 20,000 and a place in the global final.
      • Internship plus SEK 15,000.
      • Internship plus SEK 10,000.
      Eligibility In general open for all, recommended to be at the end of university studies with a focus on tax law and/or business/economics. More or less mandatory to be very good in Swedish and English. 
    • Turkey

      Country competition date 18-10-2019
      Location for country competition Istanbul
      What participants will win Internship and full time job opportunities
      Eligibility Undergraduate students and graudate students; citizens and permanent residents of Turkey only 
    • USA

      Country competition date 18-10-2019
      Location for country competition New York, NY 
      What participants will win Top five applicants receive all-expense paid a trip to NY for the final round;  Winner gets plaque and EY branded blanket; Runner up gets EY Swag
      Eligibility Junior, Senior or Grad level accounting student; 3L in JD program who has taken at least one tax class or has an accounting degree or Tax LLM student. Students cannot have more than 2 years of previous tax experience and must be currently enrolled in a US university or law school
      Country website https://ey.zoomforth.com/ytpy

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