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What is Tax at EY?

As a Tax professional, you’ll help equip organisations to make better business decisions by combining diverse thinking with the power of technology and analytics. You’ll function as a true business advisor, building trusted relationships with clients, and business-enabled tax planning that has an impact on an organisations’ financial viability and success. 

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Building a diverse, world-class tax practice.

Ekow Eghan

EY Africa Tax Leader

What if we didn’t focus on who you are now, but who you could become?

Here at EY, you’ll have the chance to build a truly exceptional experience. We’ll empower you with the latest technology, surround you with high-performing teams, and provide the global scale and diverse and inclusive culture you need to discover your full potential. Through our coaching and training programs, you’ll develop the skillsets you need to stay relevant today and, in the future, – all while building a network of colleagues, mentors, and leaders who will be on the journey with you at EY and beyond.

Your next adventure awaits

If you’re looking for a career that will take you far in your personal and professional life, there are few better places. Businesses today are subject to ever-growing and increasingly complex tax and regulatory change. Helping businesses navigate these challenges requires advisors with a deep understanding of relevant legislation, outstanding communication skills and the ability to manage client relationships effectively. EY offers an ideal environment for high achievers like you to reach your potential while helping our clients fulfil theirs.

As a tax professional at EY, you'll use your research and analytical skills, apply yourself to stay on top of the law and acquire an in-depth knowledge of clients’ businesses. We provide a full suite of tax services to clients ranging from the very largest multinationals to fast-growth entrepreneurial businesses.

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Gisela Pieterse: Tax Partner

As a matter of course, your experiences will be wide and varied. You’ll quickly be given responsibility to deal with complex business problems – an excellent way to build the skills you’ll need for a long and fulfilling career.

What’s in it for you

As part of the EY Training Programmes, EY pays for all relevant costs required for your certification as CA(SA) or Tax practitioner, as applicable to the training programme.

You’ll receive on the job, one-on- one coaching and mentoring from experienced members of the Tax team, with the opportunities to accelerate your technical capabilities and transformative leadership skills. You join future-focused weekly training and development programs and courses across multiple disciplines to broaden your horizons working with highly integrated teams across the globe.

We support you in bringing out the very best in yourself with continuous investment in your personal well-being and career development.

We are looking for:

Agility, growth-oriented mindset: What you know matters. But the right mindset is just as important in determining success. We’re looking for people who are innovative, can work in an agile way and keep pace with a rapidly changing world.

Curiosity and purpose: We’re looking for people who see opportunities instead of challenges, who ask better questions to seek better answers that build a better working world.

Inclusivity. We’re looking for people who seek out and embrace diverse perspectives, who value differences, and team inclusively to build safety and trust.

About the Tax Graduate Programme

At EY, the training programmes you, as a graduate, can apply to join are the Tax Trainee Programme (SAICA Tax Elective and SAIT) or the Indirect Tax Training Programme.

  • (1) The Tax Trainee Programme

    Both SAICA Tax Elective trainees, and SAIT trainees will join this programme.

    The SAICA Tax Elective programme offers trainees will gain significant experience across multiple service offerings, and sectors with long-term opportunities for focusing in one or more areas.

    The SAIT programme, for SAIT tax trainees, is within our Global Compliance and Reporting (GCR – Tax, Finance and Payroll Operate) subservice line which includes Indirect Tax (ITX), Personal Advisory Services (PAS) and Financial Reporting (Finance Operate). Within our subservice lines, SAIT tax trainees will gain experience in:

    • Tax compliance: Preparation and review of corporate income tax returns
    • Audit of tax support: Corporate tax audit of companies
    • Tax accounting and reporting, and financial reporting: Tax accounting of companies, preparation of Annual Financial Statement for companies (tax and accounting)

    The broad range of experience across the different subservice lines are there to build your professional expertise in a well-rounded tax and finance professional.Through this programme, you’ll gain experience across multiple service offerings, with long-term opportunities for focusing in one or more areas.

  • (2) Indirect Tax (ITX) Training Programme

    Through this programme to work with clients in various industries as part of a globally integrated network of specialists with high quality tax, legal, data technology and commercial backgrounds. You will learn more about indirect taxes and how they impact our clients. Our indirect tax team specialises in consumption taxes, such as value-added tax, and taxes impacting global trade, such as customs and excise duties. You will have the opportunity to specialise in either of these disciplines. The work is technically challenging, creative and requires you to work closely with our clients’ businesses. With the support of our strong team with proven expertise in this area and the opportunity to progress, you will learn and accelerate your career. The career opportunities in these areas are truly of a global nature with governments around the world increasingly focussing on these taxes as a source of government revenue. The career opportunities in these areas are truly of a global nature with governments around the world increasingly focussing on these taxes as a source of government revenue. Requirements: To join this programme, you will need a BCom Honours Accounting/Tax; or an LLB with completed articles (admitted attorney).

What to do next to kickstart your career with our team

1.     Apply online via our EY Careers website: Apply for Student Programs (

2.     If you are a first-time applicant, you need to register your profile and upload the following documents: CV, a certified copy of ID, Matric certificate and latest up to date academic record. 

3.     If you already have a profile, please make sure that your supporting documents (CV, a certified copy of ID, Matric certificate and latest up to date academic record) are updated and uploaded.

4.     Your application will be assessed and if the above-mentioned requirements are met, a recruiter will be in contact with you to discuss the next steps in our recruitment process.

5.     The respective closing date for applications is grad programme specific and applications will close once we have acquired our intake target.



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