Wesley Crawford, Tax Specialist, PwC
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Wesley Crawford, Tax Specialist, PwC

August 31, 2019

My name is Wesley Crawford. I’m a tax specialist in PWC. My job would have three main areas of activity. First being tax compliance – which involves analysing a set of accounts by a company in order to determine the tax-deductible expenditure and a taxable income in order to arrive at the final corporation tax liability. Tax consulting his perspective involves analyzing a set of circumstances as presented by the client in order to produce a tax efficient solution to their given set of circumstances. A third area of work that I do is the R&D tax credit – which involves reviewing R&D questionnaires as received from the client and going on-site to undertake interviews with the R&D tax team. From here we draft reports which are used as the first-line defence in a revenue audit. All the work I do in PwC is done on a team-based approach, with team members ranging from tax assistants to tax partners, in this regard I’d recommend that you’d be open-minded. You’d be honest. You’d be confident and a team player. It’s important to actually contribute to your team, and disregard how you see yourself, adding to the value of the client and also to the project. In order to be successful in the graduate recruitment process I looked towards PwC mainly because they’re a multinational company that operates across many sectors, across many countries, which I thought were quite good for career progression. In relation to the recruitment process I think one of the key aspects is to achieve a 2:1 in your undergrad degree as this seems to be a base requirement for many top employers. To be successful through the interview process you must be open-minded, honest, but above all just be relaxed and be yourself – the interviewer isn’t trying to ask you difficult questions, they’re trying to establish whether or not you can work as a part of their team and we’re not you have the interpersonal skills to actually deliver on a client by client basis and on a day to day basis. I suppose it’s a bit of a cliche answer, but the most important thing I’ve had to learn is never afraid be to ask the question, no matter how silly you think that question is? Your team are around you to support you and they’re there to be leveraged off. They’ll respect you more for asking the silly question rather than not asking it and then make a mistake.

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