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When is it best to leave big 4 Investment/Financial Services tax in terms of years/level?

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Never. You’re stuck forever.

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Not sure if there’s a “best” time. Keep putting applications out there for roles you’re interested in and leave when you feel like you’ve found the right one.

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Leave at Senior level at latest unless you know you want to be in this industry for the long run. Any FS tax eventually pigeonholes you and it gets really hard to leave without a pay cut at Manager level and above.

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^i thought exit opps for FS tax at PE and hedge funds are great and pay well

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That’s if you want to stay in the industry. A lot of people start off in FS tax not realizing what they’re getting into (firms are always hiring for these roles because of the high turnover rates) and many realize this is not what they want to do. People can jump into other areas of tax ideally still by Senior but it gets tougher once you make Manager and find out all you are offered are FS jobs.

There is no such thing as “the best time” to leave. People in the firm try to brainwash you by telling you to stay for X years or until you get to Y level. I think whenever you have an outside/inside offer you like, it’s a good time to leave.

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