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The following is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authority listed below.

This information may be of assistance to Irish /EU  Tax Consultants who wish to apply for membership  with the relevant competent authority  in Ireland , the Irish Tax Institute.

The information on the procedures for applying for membership  as outlined below, is applicable  for both the following scenarios:

  • Irish/EU Tax Consultants providing services based in Ireland  and
  • EU  Tax Consultants established in another EU country, providing services in Ireland

Competent Authority

The Irish Tax Institute is the leading representative and educational body for Ireland’s AITI Chartered Tax Advisers (CTA) and is the only professional body exclusively dedicated to tax.

Their members provide tax expertise to thousands of businesses, multinationals and individuals in Ireland and internationally. In addition many hold senior roles within professional service firms, global companies, Government, Revenue and State bodies.

The Institute is the leading provider of tax qualifications in Ireland, educating the finest minds in tax and business for over thirty years. Their AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification is the gold standard in tax and the international mark of excellence in tax advice.

A respected body on tax policy and administration, the Institute engages at the most senior levels across Government, business and state organisations. Representing the views and expertise of its members, it plays an important role in the fiscal and tax administrative discussions and decisions in Ireland and in the EU.

A Tax Consultant is listed by the European Commission as a regulated profession in Ireland for the purposes of Directive 2005/36/EC (on the recognition of professional qualifications) and the Irish Tax Institute is listed as the corresponding competent authority.

Please find link to the Irish Tax Institute website below.

The Irish Tax Institute

How to apply for membership as a Tax Consultant with the Irish Tax Institute 

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) programme must hold, at minimum, an undergraduate degree at honours level (Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications) or equivalent.   A copy of an officially certified transcript of your qualification is required to process an application.

If you do not hold a Level 8 qualification 

Applicants who do not hold a Level 8 qualification or equivalent may be considered on a case-by-case basis, through the recognition of prior learning.

These applications should include:

 A one-page summary outlining:

  • Why you wish to study the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification
  • How completion of the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification will benefit your career
  • Why you think you will be able to successfully complete the course 
  • A two-page resume detailing relevant professional experience and education to date
  • Any other supporting documentation that you feel is relevant to your application (e.g. supporting letter from your employer or
  • suitable referee, evidence of training courses undertaken, relevant voluntary work, etc.) 

Applications should be submitted to the Senior Manager of Professional Education with supporting documentation as appropriate.   All decisions to accept an applicant based on the recognition of prior learning are at the discretion of the Irish Tax Institute.

Mutual Recognition of professional qualifications  for EU Tax Consultants 

If you hold a professional tax qualification from another body within the European Union, you may be eligible to apply to the Irish Tax Institute for mutual recognition under the European Directive 2005/36/EC.

For further information please refer to the Irish Tax Institute's website or contact the Senior Manager of Professional Education.

Further information

Full details on the procedures required in applying for the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) programme are available in  Course Information & Regulations

Information on fees and documents to be submitted

All relevant information on fees for the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) programme is set out in  Course Information & Regulations

Completing the relevant procedures online

You can apply online for the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) programme by clicking here and completing the relevant procedures.

Response time frame by Irish Tax Institute

The Irish Tax Institute endeavours to respond to applications very promptly, and this generally occurs within 2-3 working days.

Relevant  legislation applicable

The relevant domestic legislation is contained in S.I. No. 1/1991 — European Communities (General System for the Recognition of Higher Education Diplomas) Regulations, 1991. Under Regulation 9 of this legislation, an applicant who has been authorised under these Regulations to take up or pursue a regulated profession (including that of a Tax Consultant) may, and shall be permitted by the Irish Tax Institute (i.e. the appropriate designated authority) to use—

(a) The professional title and any abbreviatory letters relating to the profession in Ireland, and

(b) The lawful academic or professional title and, where appropriate, the abbreviation thereof relating to the profession deriving from their Member State of origin or the Member State from which they came.

Regulation 9 further provides that the applicant shall not use the professional title aforesaid or any abbreviatory letters other than in accordance with the provisions of Part II of the First Schedule and if those provisions require membership of the Irish Tax Institute (i.e. the corresponding competent authority listed in Part II) and such membership is subject to any qualification requirements, those requirements may be applied by the Irish Tax Institute to the applicant in so far as they are consistent with these Regulations.

Contact details

Please find contact details below for the Irish Tax Institute in Ireland below.

Irish Tax Institute,

South Block,

Longboat Quay,

Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland

• Tel: +353 1 6631700

• Fax: +353 1 6688387

E-mail: info@taxinstitute.ie