IFA Direct Student Q&A: Tarun Howlader

 Tarun Howlader is studying towards gaining his practising certificate

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Describe your background 

I have been working in this sector for 11 years and have an MBA in finance and MSc in cyber security.

Where is your firm based?

We are based in Loughton, Essex.

What type of business does the practice engage in?

We specialise in core accountancy to small and medium-sized businesses based both in the UK and overseas. We work with a diverse portfolio of clients of differing sizes and meet their requirements in terms of bookkeeping, VAT, payroll, accounts, tax issues, MTD, and GDPR compliance.

What do you find challenging/rewarding within the sector?

Keeping up to date with the frequent changes in tax rules such as IR 35 reform, VAT reverse charge, and import VAT and the way to report them is challenging.

However, there are many opportunities for continuous learning and professional development with a clear career path and huge earning potential. Technological advances, for example, making tax digital, are making life easier for many professionals and businesses.

How did you hear about IFA Direct?

I came to know about the IFA from a Google search and from one of my colleagues.

Which units are you studying?  

I am studying

Level     Unit
Level 4  Personal Tax
Level 4  Law for Accounting
Level 5 Business taxation
Level 5 Assurance 
Level 7 UK Taxation for Business and Individuals – Advanced 

What did you like about the programme?

It is very difficult to manage a job and study at the same time but the programme is well designed with plenty of materials and resources which makes it easier.

How did you find the teaching and support?

I’ve found that the units being online make the content highly accessible from anywhere I might be.  I am enjoying the teaching and level of support I am getting from my chosen training provider. 

What are your plans to use IFA Direct for the future? 

I plan to start my own practice once I am qualified.