Don't ever do the ATT-CTA (Tax)Watch
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Exempting the application paper in CTA may sounds like it's no big deal. But you have to do all the CTA exams in 7 sittings (used to be 5 sittings) and I have met multiple people who never passed the last paper in my career. Some of them are very smart. It is also a paper that is based on luck. If you get a good question, you may pass. If you get a bad paper, you will never pass.
By exempting Acca and aca from the worst paper (and the easiest 3 ATT exams), the CIOT are giving them unfair advantage.
And if u have met anyone who did the Acca-CTA and aca-CTA, they would tell you CTA is way harder (even though they have been exempted from the hardest exam)
So, just make your life easier and don't do the ATT-CTA.
I was around when the unfair aca-cta exemptions were beginning. I was so annoyed that my peers with academic could get cta by skipping out the hardest paper.
Cta requires everyone to have a prior professional qualification yet the pass rates for each paper are low like 30%
Aca does not require any prior qualification but the pass rates are 80%
So aca-cta route is much easier.
As a practitioner, att-cta does give you deeper more all round knowledge that your peers do not have. I don't think your client s will appreciate how much of a difference it makes