EY Young Tax Professional of the Year

An international tax competition for students to test their business acumen, commercial awareness and tax technical skills.

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Are you looking for opportunities to work with people from around the world?  Learn how business is done in different cultures while obtaining the right future-focused skills?

Be part of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) 2020 Malaysia competition today!

The EY Young Tax Professional of the Year is an international tax competition which allows students from all over the world to test and demonstrate their business acumen, commercial awareness and tax technical skills.

It is also an opportunity to take one’s career further, faster…

EY YTPY Malaysia competition

Eligibility criteria

The competition is open to:
  • Malaysian undergraduate and post graduate students, studying in local or foreign universities or colleges;
  • Full-time students pursuing professional qualifications as at 15 December 2020
  • Undergraduates/students who may have graduated or completed their professional exams in 2020 but have not commenced full-time employment as at 15 December 2020

The competition works in two stages:

Preliminary stage

At this stage, you’ll need to submit a response to a case study (see below) via a PowerPoint presentation and a video presentation.

    Deadline for submission of presentations: 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 22 September 2020

    Based on the presentations, a panel of judges will determine 10 finalists.

    Judging will be based on content, depth of issues presented, research analysis adopted, critical thinking, creativity, commercial awareness and overall presentation.

    Final stage

    The 10 finalists will be assigned a case study to prepare individually.

    Thereafter, they will have to virtually present their response to the case study to a panel of independent judges.

    The first prize winner of the EY YTPY 2020 Malaysia competition will go on to represent the country at the EY YTPY international final.


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    1st prize:

    • Paid internship of no less than 8 weeks or conditional offer of employment with EY member firm 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 member firm office in Malaysia
    • RM 6,000.00 cash prize

    3rd prize:

    • Paid internship of no less than 8 weeks or conditional offer of employment with EY member firm office in Malaysia
    • RM 3,000.00 cash prize

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

    EY YTPY international final

    The EY Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) 2020 international final will be held virtually for the first time in November 2020. 

    The international competition will kick off on 10 November 2020, followed by learning, team-building and networking sessions on 19 and 20 November 2020

    During the international competition, country winners will have the opportunity to interact with people from other cultures and backgrounds via a group chat and participate in daily challenges as well as facilitated conversation starters.

    Participants will be challenged with individual case studies and interviews before highly-experienced judges. Judging will take place virtually from 23 to 25 November 2020 where each finalist will need to allocate at least two hours for his/her session with the judges. 

    After a final review of performance throughout the competition, the top three winners of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2020 will be announced at an award ceremony to be held virtually on 2 December 2020

    Finalists of the international competition will stand a chance to win a 30-day world trip including 10-days of organized visits to EY centres in key markets!

    Note: Exact travel dates and destinations will be confirmed pending the necessary travel advice and approvals.

    Check back later for more information about the international competition, including the prizes!

     EY YTPY 2020 Malaysia FAQs

    • What is the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year (YTPY) about?

      The EY YTPY program was created to reward and encourage the next generation of tax professionals. In 2020, students and young graduates from all around the world will compete for the EY YTPY title.


    • What is the difference between the local and international competitions?

      Participants in each country compete for the country’s national EY YTPY title. Each country winner is then eligible to join other country winners at the international competition to compete for the international EY YTPY 2020 title.

    • When did the program start?

      The EY YTPY program started in 2011 with nine countries. It has since grown to involve over 30 countries. The program was launched in Malaysia in 2013.

    • Why was the program established?

      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.

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

      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 business leaders, the tax profession and tax administrations globally that investment in future tax talent is essential

    • How does a participant get to the international level of the EY YTPY?

      The process begins with a national competition in most countries. All country winners are then eligible for the EY YTPY international competition. There is no separate nomination process for the EY YTPY international competition since all the candidates qualify on the basis of being the current EY YTPY country winners.

    • How are the winners selected?

      All  participants competing in this year's EY YTPY international final have won the  EY YTPY 2020 title in their respective countries.

      Participants in the EY YTPY international competition will be challenged with international tax case studies and interviews before the judges who will be looking for evidence of creative and analytical strengths, as well as practical skills, inclusive leadership behavior and personality. The panel of judges will then confirm the top three winners of the EY Young Tax Professional of the Year 2020.

    • 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 insights into tax technical information and approaches to case analysis and presentation. 

    • 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 Tax Services, 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.

    • How can students and graduates coming from vastly different academic and professional backgrounds be judged against each other?

      To allow all country winners an equal opportunity to compete, judging is based on six criteria: entrepreneurial spirit, financial “flair”, strategic direction, innovation, technical knowledge and executive presence.


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