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Ernst & Young (EY) Young Tax Professional of the Year – South Africa 2020


Get ready to kick-start your career in Tax and compete with the best student minds across South Africa and showcase your unique point of view on the subject of taxation.

Application Deadline: 13th July 2020.

About the Award: YTPY South Africa is a competition aimed at identifying and recognising young and aspiring tax professionals where students demonstrate their tax technical, professional and inclusive leadership skills to be chosen as the “Young Tax Professional of the Year – South Africa 2020.”

Type: Contest


  • Students under the age of 28 at the date of the international Final.
  • Honours students in: BCom Accounting, Finance, Tax, Economics, Mathematics and Statistics
    • Final year student in LLB (or LLM)
    • Final year BSc Engineering

Who should apply?​

  • An applicant must be currently enrolled as a student in a South African university at the time of submission of the application form and must meet the applicable degree-specific requirement listed below.
  • An applicant should have no more than 18 months of actual work experience in tax.
  • An applicant must be 27 years old or younger as at November 2020 for entry into the competition.
  • The competition is open to university students in a tax, accounting/CTA, finance, law, economics or STEM program with an interest in tax.
Degree-specific requirements​ that must be met for entry into competition:
  • If the applicant is a Tax student, he/she should be completing an Honours programme with an academic average of 65% or above.
  • If the applicant is an accounting, finance or economics student, he/she should be in his/her final/Honours year with an academic average of 65% or above and should have successfully completed at least one tax module.
  • If the applicant is an LLM student, he/she must be in a programme specializing in Tax rather than a general LLM programme.
  • If the applicant is a BSc Engineering student, he/she must be in his/her final year of undergraduate or a post-graduate programme.
  • If the applicant is a BCom/BSc IT related student, he/she must be in his/her final year of undergraduate or a post-graduate programme.

Selection Criteria: What makes an exceptional future tax professional?

  • Are you data driven? Do you enjoy solving complex challenges?
  • Do you have strong numerical and analytical skills?
  • Are you fascinated with the inner workings of a business?
  • Do you want to shape the business agendas of leading brands?
  • Are you collaborative and high performing?

Eligible Countries: Any. Studying in South Africa.

To be Taken at (Country): South Africa

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award:

  • Bring your A game and you stand a chance to win an offer to join the EY Tax graduate program 2021, and other prizes.
  • In addition, the winner of YTPY South Africa also stands a chance to participate in the international YTPY 2020, competing against students from other parts of the world in November 2020.
  • The winner of the international competition wins the international title of the Young Tax Professional of the Year 2020, and more exciting prizes.

How to Apply: The journey to win the title of Young Tax Professional of the Year South Africa 2020 begins by you clicking here and answering the qualifying questionnaire, which consists of a multiple-choice question and an essay question. Upon submission of the essay question, applicants will be required to submit their supporting documents (CV, ID copy, and tertiary transcripts).

The question will assess applicants’ critical thinking, tax technical and business knowledge. The qualifying questionnaire will be marked by a panel of members from EY Tax, and the top performing applicants will progress to the final round of YTPY South Africa. 

  • It is important to go through all Terms and Conditions & requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Visit Award Webpage for Details

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