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Tax Compliance

The Tax Compliance exam is 2.5 hours long consisting of five questions. The exam will require you to prepare tax computations for individuals and companies, understand the tax implications of a course of action and explain potential tax treatments of transactions. The exam is available in March, June, September and December and you have a maximum of four attempts at the exam.

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Exam guidance

We are here to support you throughout your ACA journey to ensure you have everything you need for your upcoming exam, from exam resources to free and confidential wellbeing support from CABA. Ensure you are fully prepared by reading our exam guidance prior to your exam.

Exam preparation


The syllabus presents the learning outcomes for each exam and should be read with the relevant technical knowledge grids and, where applicable, the skills development grids.

Practice software

It's important that you get to know the exam software and its various functions before you take an exam. To help, we have created an online only practice exam software.

Visit icaew.com/examsoftware to access the question banks and mocks in the practice exam software.

Exams and marks plans

Use past exams in addition to the blank practice software where you can practise answering questions. The marks plans will help you check your answers.

Some past exams are used within our learning materials, they are updated to be in line with the examinable syllabus. The majority will appear in the published question banks, and some may be used in mock exams.

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  • 2023

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  • 2024
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Important information for exams 2024

Following the Chancellor’s announcements relating to Class 1 primary National Insurance Contributions in the Autumn Statement (23 November 2023), we can update you as follows in relation to learning materials and the approach for ICAEW Tax exams during 2024.

All students will be expected to answer exam questions based on the information in the 2024 learning materials.

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