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anniebabe
anniebabe Registered Posts: 595 Epic contributor 🐘
Looking for advise about the ATT qualification.
I am coming to an end with AAT - sat FNST yesterday - hopeful that I will pass, and just ICAS to do next.
Was thinking about doing ATT as I enjoyed doing the tax units, have some questions if anyone could help.

1. Do I have to be working to do ATT?
2. Do I get exemptions as I have already done PTX and BTX FA2011?
3. Can I do the corporation tax units etc as a distance learner and sit the exam when I am ready - or are they set exam dates? are there 4 units that I would need to do? or is the rest all in one exam?

Many thanks :)

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  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Hello Anniebabe

    1. I'm not sure if you need to be working or not. You do need to have a sponsor when you register as a student. You will need relevant practical experience to become a member of the ATT and use the letters after your name, however there is nothing to my knowledge to stop you studying the qualification.

    2. Yes you will receive an exemption from Paper 2 - Business Tax and Accounting Principles. However some may wish to sit the exam as there will be a lot more detail etc. and coverage in the syllabus.

    3. You can study as a distance learner however the written exams are held twice a year in May and November.

    There are four units which you would be required to complete.

    Paper 1 - Personal Taxation
    Paper 2 - Business Tax and Accounting Principles (or claim the exemption - there will be a fee)

    You will also need to sit one of the optional papers, for example Business Compliance or Corporate Taxation.

    There are also two e-Assessments which you need to pass. These consist of 60 questions which you are allocated an hour to complete. You must correctly answer 40 to pass. Each assessment is a computer based exam and can be sat at anytime when you feel ready and is booked online at Prometric testing centres.


    So to sum up, you would have two written and two e-Assessments to complete if you were to claim the exemption.

    There is an AAT to ATT group on this forum and it would be great if you joined and took part in the discussions taking place there.

    Happy to chat to you further about the qualification if you like. You can reply here, PM or email me direct as you have my email.


    JC :001_tongue:
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • anniebabe
    anniebabe Registered Posts: 595 Epic contributor 🐘
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    you need a sponsor!? didnt know that, might just move to acca then.
  • sarah2266
    sarah2266 Registered Posts: 49 Epic contributor 🐘
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    Hi
    i am also coming to the end of AAT and cannot decide between ATT or ACCA...how much more indepth does ATT go
    compared with AAT...and am i right in thinking that if i was to do peoples books and Tax, VAT returns from home then
    ATT would be a good qualification and knowledge base to have...

    sarah
  • anniebabe
    anniebabe Registered Posts: 595 Epic contributor 🐘
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    Hi Sarah
    I would have liked to attempt ATT but if we need a sponsor then I cant see me doing it, unfortunately. Do you have a sponsor?
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Anniebabe

    Could you get a sponsor from a previous employer if you are not currently working?

    For information (from ATT website):-

    Every application for student registration must be supported by a sponsor whose details the applicant is asked to supply during the registration process.

    Being a sponsor has no financial implications at all.

    The sponsor will be notified that the applicant has applied to register as an ATT student and asked to certify that: the applicant is personally known to them; the particulars given on the form of application are true and correct statements; and that they recommend the applicant to Council as a fit and proper person for registration as a student. The sponsor must any of:

    •A member of The Association of Taxation Technicians, or The Chartered Institute of Taxation.
    •A member of a recognised professional accountancy or legal body.
    •An HMRC Senior Officer level or above.
    •A member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
    •The applicant’s current or previous employer.
    •The applicant’s business partner in a relevant occupation.
    •The head of a secondary or higher education establishment which the applicant has recently attended, if the applicant is aged under 21.

    The ATT may accept other sponsors at its absolute discretion. As a rule family members are not acceptable sponsors. Sponsors details must also be provided by those applying to re-register as a student.
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
  • anniebabe
    anniebabe Registered Posts: 595 Epic contributor 🐘
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    thanks Jo, there are a couple of people I could ask then if I chose to do I after my ICAS.
    will give it more thought.
  • sarah2266
    sarah2266 Registered Posts: 49 Epic contributor 🐘
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    i dont have sponser and dont have anyone i can ask..... oh well maybe i will have to do
    ACCA instead...

    sarah
  • anniebabe
    anniebabe Registered Posts: 595 Epic contributor 🐘
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    I think ACCA may be a better option for me, will have to think on it, still have ICAS to do yet :/
  • sarah2266
    sarah2266 Registered Posts: 49 Epic contributor 🐘
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    Hi

    ICAS only took me a couple of weeks, once you get started it is not that bad...I still have FNST to do made a start so hopefully won't take me too long..
    Sarah
  • anniebabe
    anniebabe Registered Posts: 595 Epic contributor 🐘
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    hope it only takes me a few weeks, dreading it. I am waiting for my FNST result to come back.
  • Jo Clark
    Jo Clark Registered Posts: 2,525 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    ICAS is a nice module to complete AAT with - you can input all you have learnt over level 3 and 4 into the report.
    ~ An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~
    Benjamin Franklin
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