What is ADIT?
*Please note – this article was edited on 27 April 2021 to include updated content*
You’re progressing in your international tax career, and you keep hearing about the ADIT qualification. Do you know what it is and why it’s so talked about?
ADIT is the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation. Attaining this qualification is a great way to enhance your standing as an international tax expert.
How do I get started?
Register with CIOT as a student
The first step is to register online with the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) as an ADIT student. All you need is an email address! It costs £215 and your registration lasts for 5 years.
Students must be registered by a certain date before each exam sitting. For example, if you want to sit your first ADIT paper in December 2021, you should register as a an ADIT student by 30 July 2021. You’ll find more details on the CIOT website here.
Choose your path to qualification
You must select which modules to sit!
ADIT students must pass the compulsory Paper 1 (Principles of International Taxation), along with EITHER two optional modules OR one optional module and an extended essay.
Exams take place in June and December of each year, and you can sit up to three papers at one time. However, that would be an enormous commitment in terms of preparation, and most people choose to sit one paper per session.
Register for your exam(s)
Providing you are already registered as a student, you can register to sit an exam. This costs £195 per paper, and it is important to register before the deadline for each sitting as there is a penalty for late entries. There is more information here.
When you register for the exam, it is months away…but that time flies! It’s a good idea to get your study underway at least 3 months prior to the exam sitting. This gives you time to work through the topics, consolidate your knowledge, and still have time to practice, practice, practice with those past papers.
Get to grips with the materials
The ADIT syllabus for your chosen module lists the ‘permitted texts’ which are the books you may use during the exam. These are essential purchases – you need to get familiar with them!
Each syllabus also contains a list of recommended texts. If you intend to undertake self-study, do some research on each of the books listed to decide which ones will be the best use of your time and money.
To maximise your chance of ADIT success, you may decide to join an ADIT training programme. It is helpful to learn alongside your peers, so that you can discuss topics and share understanding and techniques.
Extratax Training is one of the recognised ADIT course providers. We offer comprehensive online study packages for:
- Principles of International Taxation
- UK Tax (Module 2.09) Our specially written distance learning package is now also available for this module. Click here to find out more.
- US Tax (Module 2.10)
- Transfer Pricing (Module 3.03)
When you choose Extratax Training as your ADIT study partner, you’ll:
~ Join like-minded tax professionals in a virtual classroom for weekly tuition sessions delivered by international tax experts
~ Receive study materials designed to support your learning needs
~ Become part of the Extratax Training community to share your experience and grow your network
~ Benefit from one-to-one access to tutors who provide tailored feedback and boost your progress
For more information, check out our online ADIT courses.
And finally, sit those exams!
At Extratax Training, we offer revision sessions, feedback on a mock exam which you sit in exam conditions, and plenty of practical advice on exam preparation and technique.
We’d love to hear from you if you’re ready to start or progress your ADIT journey.