Studying for the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation


Mar 21

How DJH International Tax can help with ADIT

ADIT was created over 10 years ago to set a benchmark for competence in international taxation around the world. Increasingly, as a tax practitioner’s career develops, they will need to understand the tax system of more than their home country, whether to work in another country or to be have a wider choice of roles within companies or their advisers who operate internationally. ADIT is a professional qualification intended for senior level tax professionals and managers, or people working towards a senior level in international tax.

Working out a study programme

Aimed as it is at professionals who may already have achieved a level of seniority, finding a method of study that can be adapted around working and family life can be quite a challenge. What then, are the options? Some students look for an online option and this can be a very flexible way of working. But if you are looking to study a new topic, rather than a familiar one, how do you know how well you’ve understood? The same is true of relying on the recommended reading list. The problem with tax, as all those who work in it know, is that while there may be a “wrong” answer to a problem, there may be several options as to the “right” answer.

So what’s the alternative?

At DJH International Tax we have developed a training model such that the only fixed time commitment is three or four days away from the office to attend a live course. We help with reading suggestions – some of the books on the recommended list are dangerously out of date – but most importantly we can offer instant feedback.

Benefits of live courses

Of course, we have expert tutors for all our courses – and all are currently in practice, so they are working with the most up-to-date solutions. But remember, ADIT “students” are frequently “senior level professionals or managers”, who have a wealth of experience to share. By the end of the first morning of any course our participants have already got to know each other and started to exchange knowledge. People leave at the end of a course often having learned about the tax issues faced in a different industry or how a different professional firm may approach a similar problem.

What about this ‘instant feedback’?

Sitting in a room listening to a tutor, even an expert, for three solid days would be very difficult indeed. So sessions are broken up by exercises that groups of participants work on together. They’ll then feed back their solutions to the remainder of the class and the tutor so that the whole group can agree on an optimum solution, or the options available. So compare that to online, where you might, if it’s a good course, be able to send in your own answer for “marking”. That determines whether you are “wrong” or whether you might be “right” but how much have you really learned?

Value beyond exams

This latter brings us to the value of live course beyond – hopefully – success in the exams. This shared learning and expertise will go back to the office with you and help you be more efficient and effective in your everyday job. And you’ve developed your contact base too.

Who are the ‘expert tutors’?

Our course tutors have been chosen for the rare combination they possess of expertise in their topic and an ability and willingness to convey that knowledge to others. Conscious that many associate ADIT with the UK, our tutors come not just from UK practice but from Denmark, Switzerland, France and the United States, so with the exception of the US, where that’s the intention, you will be learning genuinely international solutions.

Our transfer pricing tutors, led by Ken Almand, were responsible for developing the TP syllabus for ADIT, so there is no better option for understanding how to meet the target standard for that exam. We have economists, accountants, lawyers and former Government officials, so now only do you learn the topic, you learn it from different perspectives.

Our tutor for the introduction to international tax – though truly it goes way beyond an introduction – has experience as a lawyer, as part of an in-house tax team (with the world’s largest shipping company) and with the Danish competent authority. He is Johann Muller. And our US tutor, Narelle MacKenzie, has the rare quality of specialising in international transactions, both as an independent consultant as well as past in-house experience.

Making choices

At DJH International Tax we have been involved with ADIT, in one capacity or another, since its inception. Now as an independent training provider we can talk to you knowledgably about your options, best timing, reading suggestions and so on. You don’t even have to have booked a course – though we’d like you to and think we can usually help. If you’ve decided on your exams, are thinking about which papers to sit – or even still considering registering at all, give us a call on +44(0)1962 458058.

DJH International Tax has run courses to prepare for ADIT since 2011, on transfer pricing, principles of international tax (paper 1) and US paper 2. All courses take place live in London and may be booked online or by phone or email to