What is ATT

dizzyhorse
dizzyhorse Registered Posts: 49 Regular contributor ⭐
Just spoke to a friend who said they are doing ATT, what level is this?

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  • stephleedz
    stephleedz Registered Posts: 179 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    ATT is Association of Taxation Tecnicians. It is on the same par as AAT and I believe the exams are also set out in a similar way CBT's.

    If atfer AAT you went on todo ACCA you would be exempt from ATT and could go on todo CTA which is Corpoartion Tax Advisor.
  • Louise89
    Louise89 Registered Posts: 296 Dedicated contributor 🦉
    dizzyhorse wrote: »
    Just spoke to a friend who said they are doing ATT, what level is this?

    http://www.att.org.uk/home
  • dizzyhorse
    dizzyhorse Registered Posts: 49 Regular contributor ⭐
    Thanks for that. She said she had finished AAT level 4 and was gonna do ATT next. I was advised of ACA next. Just checking out my options.
  • Louise89
    Louise89 Registered Posts: 296 Dedicated contributor 🦉
    Ah there are many to choose from depending on what route you want to specialise in. Are you almost finished with Level 4?
  • dizzyhorse
    dizzyhorse Registered Posts: 49 Regular contributor ⭐
    Gotta re do B/Tax and complete project! U?
  • Louise89
    Louise89 Registered Posts: 296 Dedicated contributor 🦉
    Just got to complete my project, almost done... I've found it rather tedious though.
  • NeilH
    NeilH Registered Posts: 553 Epic contributor 🐘
    stephleedz wrote: »
    ...CTA which is corpoartion tax advisor.

    CTA stands for Chartered Tax Advisor and covers all areas of taxation. However, as with ATT, CTA has options which allow you to specialise is certain areas.

    Neil
  • SarahJS
    SarahJS Registered Posts: 273 Dedicated contributor 🦉
    Id say ATT is a step up from AAT. Someone with ACA said there was very similar content in TFT ATT modules and the tax modules they sit, but obviously the ACA/ACCA qualifications have other topics too!
  • SandyHood
    SandyHood Registered, Moderator Posts: 2,034 mod
    I am aware of 2 students currently studying AAT level at Chichester who are considering studying ATT.

    I do not know a lot about ATT and have done some investigations, so would welcome more information.
    My understanding is:
    1. The syllabus content is very good and studying it is valuable for people who need to know about tax for their work.
    2. There are not a lot of students who sit the exams (I gather November 2011 had fewer than 100 candidates).
    3. Not many firms advertise for ATT qualified applicants.
    4. HMRC no longer send their Portsmouth staff on ATT courses.
    So although ATT teaches you a lot of valuable facts, I am beginning to think that it lacks currency, in other words it is not a benchmark that will help many people looking for work.

    Please enlighten me if my judgement is not correct, but I fear students who enjoyed AAT will move on to ATT but not gain advancement benefits as a direct result in the same way that AAT helps.
    Sandy
    sandy@sandyhood.com
    www.sandyhood.com
  • SarahJS
    SarahJS Registered Posts: 273 Dedicated contributor 🦉
    SandyHood wrote: »
    I am aware of 2 students currently studying AAT level at Chichester who are considering studying ATT.

    I do not know a lot about ATT and have done some investigations, so would welcome more information.
    My understanding is:
    1. The syllabus content is very good and studying it is valuable for people who need to know about tax for their work.
    2. There are not a lot of students who sit the exams (I gather November 2011 had fewer than 100 candidates).
    3. Not many firms advertise for ATT qualified applicants.
    4. HMRC no longer send their Portsmouth staff on ATT courses.
    So although ATT teaches you a lot of valuable facts, I am beginning to think that it lacks currency, in other words it is not a benchmark that will help many people looking for work.

    Please enlighten me if my judgement is not correct, but I fear students who enjoyed AAT will move on to ATT but not gain advancement benefits as a direct result in the same way that AAT helps.

    I'm currently on an ATT/CTA training contract (started self studying AAT when looking for a job and feel I might as well finish). I have seen a fair few jobs that specify ATT qualified, but all of the jobs are very definite experienced only roles. I doubt having the ATT exams without the experience would be much more beneficial than AAT, even though the level of understanding is much higher. All the tax staff at my work are ATT (except one that is ACA) with it being used by some to progress to CTA.

    ATT is definately preferred in my role - AAT is comparably seen as a lower qualification (which I agree with in terms of depth of subject, but AAT gives a much more rounded view).

    I've waffled on, my point being ATT is well regarded but is very specialised so only do it if you know you to want to work in tax!
  • SandyHood
    SandyHood Registered, Moderator Posts: 2,034 mod
    Thank you Sarah. Your posting makes a lot of sense. It should help a lot of students at the "what next after AAT" stage of their studies.
    Sandy
    sandy@sandyhood.com
    www.sandyhood.com
  • Diddy Mau
    Diddy Mau Registered Posts: 238 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
    Hi Sarah & Sandy

    thanks for this post. I am nearing the end of my AAT, well if I pass I am:001_tongue:
    I seen posts on ATT and thought it might be an idea, as I have no interest of ACCA/CIMA etc...
    I thought this might be helpful. But now as I am nearing the end, I think I might stick with what I have got and build on my experience

    many thanks
  • deborahcarpenter
    deborahcarpenter Registered Posts: 161 Dedicated contributor 🦉
    I am one exam away from completing ATT. It is a step up from AAT. I had no interest in CIMA or ACCA as i wanted to specialise in tax and work from home.

    I have done ATT personal tax (exempt from business tax as done at AAT level) but also done corperate taxation and VAT. I only have the law and ethics CBA to complete sometime in June and then I will be done:001_smile:

    Hope this helps.
  • villapb
    villapb Registered Posts: 357
    I have started att studying att with tolley, i like tax. Im doing p/tax, b/tax, c.tax and ethics, but i also read up on trusts and vat because im a tax geek. Personal tax with att covers far more than p/tax with aat. Im spending a lot of time on returns and you wouldnt believe the time i spend chasing people who think hmrc will go away.........lol, thats the bit att and aat don,t teach.........oh and that hmrc never asnswer the phone.
  • Simmyluvsu
    Simmyluvsu Registered Posts: 55 Regular contributor ⭐
    I'm currently waiting on my last exam result then have passed ATT and would agree that it is definately a step up from AAT.

    For example in the ATT personal tax paper you look at things like share schemes, redundancy and residency in detail whereas in AAT you only cover the basics on these.

    I've found it's a good qualification to study if you enjoy tax and it shows any potential employers that you're serious when you say you enjoy tax lol!
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