As a constantly changing and increasingly high profile field, tax can offer a surprisingly broad range of career paths to ambitious graduates. As part of a dynamic and successful area of our business, our Tax Teams work with a wide range of organisations and individuals, helping them to implement the tax approaches that best suit their commercial needs within domestic and international legal and regulatory requirements.

Taxation is a fast moving field where our advice can prove invaluable to clients. This is partly because complex issues can be open to interpretation, and partly due to ever-changing legislation that can have major implications for our clients. Our job is to keep up with those developments, advising clients of new risks and opportunities that come up.

We offer advice to help our clients manage tax issues as digital transforms business models and prompts significant changes to taxation policy. Across the spectrum of company and personal tax issues we offer holistic advice spanning international tax, transfer pricing, VAT and deal advisory tax along with other tax service lines. Our People Services team advise on all aspects of employee reward, as well as managing tax issues for a global workforce, whist our Private Client teams support high net worth individuals and entrepreneurial families manage their tax affairs and preserve their legacies.

With such a wide-ranging remit, Tax can offer a variety of challenging and high profile projects as part of a stimulating graduate career – and our programme is an excellent foundation for that. Tackling challenges at the heart of client organisations, you’ll develop a broad commercial understanding whilst gaining valuable technical skills and professional qualifications.

Like our clients, we're having to adapt. This means new working patterns, physical adjustments in our offices and new ways of interacting with our colleagues as well as the organisations we work with - we are harnessing technology to help underpin this change.

Programme summary

Programme overview

Capability: Tax & Law

Programme length: 36 months

Qualifications: Dual qualification: ICAEW CFAB (or Scotland equivalent), ATT and CTA

Entry requirements

As a general rule, you’ll be expected to meet the following requirements (*or equivalents)

  • Minimum Grade B GCSE* Maths
  • Minimum Grade B GCSE* English Language
  • Minimum of 120 UCAS points* under the 2017 tariff point system at A Level
  • Minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline

Please note, we only consider a candidate's 'top' 3 A-Level grades and do not accept General Studies.

At KPMG, we look at more than just your academic results. We will review your application, together with your performance in our assessments, to ensure that you have the best opportunity to demonstrate your potential. We will be considering your strengths and achievements alongside a number of other metrics, including technical background and/or experience, to ensure that you have the skills to succeed at KPMG.

Key skills

Throughout the recruitment process we will be looking to learn more about your strengths.

To be successful on this programme, you will be required to demonstrate the strengths that we look for in our graduates at KPMG.

Learn more about what we look for and how to apply here.

Training and development

The training, development and regulation of our professionals is critical to the future success of our business which is why our people are trained to become experts in their field and supported to study for a professional qualification. All our new tax graduate entrants study for the ICAEW CFAB (or Scotland equivalent), ATT and CTA.

The programme uses innovative technology and is delivered via a blend of Online Classroom Live and recorded courses in addition to in-centre classroom courses. It also has wrap-around support which consists of dedicated professional coaches, online portal content and live and recorded additional study sessions which means there is a form of support for your every need. This blended approach enables you to study and learn the content at a pace suited to your learning style, but ensures all are at the right technical level prior to stepping into revision elements so you can focus on your exam technique before the exam. The structure of the programme spreads your examinations over the lifetime of the training contract so that you are able to build up your technical knowledge, and can gradually apply what you are learning in training to your workplace experience.

Case study

Emily R
Tax graduate programme | Birmingham


When I did the KPMG internship, it was challenging and I had to use my initiative – but that also made it really rewarding, and I found I was supported by KPMG too. The people at KPMG are very inspiring to work with. From this experience, I knew exactly where I wanted to be after I graduated.

Now I’m here on the Tax Graduate Programme in the Transfer Pricing team. I’m really enjoying it - you’re encouraged to try new things and to go for it. It's a really positive atmosphere in that sense.

I love the work too.  Transfer Pricing is very similar to Economics. It’s essentially involves determining the substance of transactions as well as analysing industry and economic trends. It requires a lot of problem solving, which I really enjoy. The partner is fantastic to work with and I have learnt so much.

Read Emily's story here

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