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Important information for those who applied for HMRC's TSP 2023

For those applying to HMRC's Tax Specialist Programme 2023 or planning to apply in future years, there have been some recent changes which will severely impact you

For prior years a BA (Hons) in Professional Studies in Taxation with MMU was included in the course. This has been removed for TSP2023 onwards

All new TSPs from 2023 onwards, will have to repay the cost of the course if they leave HMRC within 3 years of completing the course, if they move to a non-tax role within HMRC within 18 months of finishing the course or are fired for gross misconduct.
The cost as of September 2022, is £20,719.19

All Trainees will stay on HO pay for the full duration of the course, but may be eligible for a £2,500 bonus if they pass all exams and have never had a formal warning

By the way I am a current TSP and we have received this as a final offer from HMRC and unions are advising we accept
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Do you know if the £2500 is annual? Or just at the end? (Which would be annoying since that’s when you’re hopefully going up to grade 7 anyway, the money is needed more earlier!)
Is the repayment thing only if you go to the private sector? Surely couldn’t be liable if you stop work completely eg for health or personal reasons? Or what about if I for example returned to a previous professional career?
(Previous career totally unrelated to tax)
Reply 4
Pay rise is a one off provided you pass all exams which is around 2.5 years into the course and have never had a performance review or warning.

Repayments wouldn't come in if you left for health reasons, but would come in if you were changing careers or returning to a previous career. Also would apply if you moved to a non-tax role in HMRC or to another government department
Reply 5
If the BA (Hons) degree has been removed from the programme, what costs would need to be repaid? If not University fees...
Original post by KJ_Pen
If the BA (Hons) degree has been removed from the programme, what costs would need to be repaid? If not University fees...


You’d be repaying the training cost to HMRC, it’s basically to avoid trainees leaving as soon as they finish the course and going to an accountancy firm which then gets the benefit of the training without having had to incur any costs. One trainees pass the course they have skills and knowledge that are desirable to other companies in the tax sector and it’s quite common that the TSP is used as a stepping stone into the private sector.

It’s pretty standard for a graduate scheme to put a repayment clause in contracts, the only surprising thing is that it’s taken this long before HMRC applied it to the TSP.
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Hi everyone, sorry to hijack this thread but just wanted to ask a quick question. I found out on Friday that I have been successful in my application to join the programme in September which I am absolutely over the moon at. The advert suggests the programme is 3-4 years in length but does anyone know why it wouldn't be an absolute 3 or 4 years? Is it dependent on performance etc? I've kind of always thought it was 3 years so an extra year isn't a deal breaker but advert is a bit ambiguous as to what year you can expect to be promoted etc.
Original post by RobGr90
Hi everyone, sorry to hijack this thread but just wanted to ask a quick question. I found out on Friday that I have been successful in my application to join the programme in September which I am absolutely over the moon at. The advert suggests the programme is 3-4 years in length but does anyone know why it wouldn't be an absolute 3 or 4 years? Is it dependent on performance etc? I've kind of always thought it was 3 years so an extra year isn't a deal breaker but advert is a bit ambiguous as to what year you can expect to be promoted etc.


It’s ambiguous because there are different promotion points at the end of the course. For example, the 2019 cohort could be promoted in September or December 2022, or March or June 2023. As part of the course you have to submit what is essentially a portfolio of your work (the QAF) showing that you can perform to a G7 standard. Because of life events and everyone being different, some trainees will have their QAF ready for the first point, while others might need longer due to having been off work or not having been able to complete all of the work by the first point, and so the course offers staggered promotion points.
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