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As an Associate Trainee in the Tax Team

What types of matters does the Tax team handle?
The Tax team’s work can be divided into transactions and tax-related court proceedings. When it comes to transactions, the group specialises in structural design, ensuring the tax treatment of structures through preliminary rulings, and tax planning. The team mainly works with different tax-related M&A, real estate, and capital market transactions, as well as building and infrastructure projects and financial instruments.

On the other hand, the team assists clients in tax inspections and different tax-related court processes, such as drafting refund applications, appeals, rejoinders, and counter statements, and proceedings regarding any tax processes before the Administrative Court and the Supreme Administrative Court.

The team works widely with indirect and direct taxation, including income, value added, transfer, and personal taxation. Matters are often of an international nature, which highlights the importance of EU tax legislation and tax contract law. In addition to tax and structure matters, the Tax team cooperates a lot with other teams, especially with the M&A, Finance, and Real Estate teams.

What are a trainee’s tasks in the tax team?
A trainee’s most important tasks are assisting in matter work, composing drafts, and doing general research. Research often concerns different tax-related processes and argumentation relevant to them. A trainee also prepares preliminary ruling applications, drafts emails sent to clients, and translates various matter documents. The trainee is involved in matters concerning all types of taxation, but any special interests are taken into consideration where possible. The main working languages are Finnish and English.

What qualities does your team value in a trainee and when recruiting a trainee?
In a trainee, my team especially appreciates a deep interest towards tax law. In addition, knowledge acquired during studies or previous work experience is a requirement to understanding and completing tasks. Previous experience from transaction and investment structures is also an advantage but not a requirement. Calculation skills, meticulousness, good team working skills, and language skills are also relevant.

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