The Taxation Institute of Hong Kong (TIHK) is pleased to announce that the 2021 Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) Qualifying Examination will be held from 20 to 22 October 2021.

1. Renaming of the CTA Examination

Last year, TIHK has reached an agreement with the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) regarding the Licensing Arrangement (The “Licensing Agreement”) under which CIOT has licensed TIHK to grant the “Chartered Tax Adviser” designation to our qualifying members.  Please click here for the joint announcement from TIHK and CIOT on 12 June 2020.

Following the conversion of designation (from Certified Tax Advisers to Chartered Tax Advisers) has begun in January 2021, the Certified Tax Adviser (CTA) Qualifying Examination has also be renamed as Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) Qualifying Examination.  Starting from 2021, newly qualifying members passing the CTA Examination, and upon satisfying other specific requirements, will be granted the Chartered Tax Adviser designation. To learn more about the stories of our CTA Graduates, please visit:

2. Examination Dates 

Paper Examination Date
Paper 1 – Accounting and Finance 20 Oct 2021 (PM), Wednesday
Paper 2 – Hong Kong Tax 21 Oct 2021 (AM), Thursday
Paper 3 – International Tax 22 Oct 2021 (AM), Friday
Paper 4 – PRC Tax 21 Oct 2021 (PM), Thursday
Paper 5 – Advanced Taxation Practice 22 Oct 2021 (PM), Friday

3. Enrollment

Members and Students can log-in their account to enroll the examination online: Enrollment for the 2021 CTA Examination is open until 12:00 noon, 14 September 2021.

4. Syllabus

Members and Students who wish to take the 2021 CTA Examination are strongly advised to read through the latest examination syllabus at

5. Exemptions

Exemptions from the CTA Examination may be granted from Paper 1, Paper 2, Paper 3 or Paper 4, or a combination thereof, up to a maximum of 4 papers only, to candidates who possess the recognised professional qualification or have completed the accredited academic programmes listed in  No exemption from Paper 5 is to be granted.

If you wish to apply for exemption from the CTA Examination, please complete and return the enrollment form, together with any relevant supporting document(s) and payment, to the TIHK Secretariat before the enrollment deadline.  To download the enrollment form, please click below:

2021 CTA Exam Enrollment Form

6. Textbook 

The Institute and Wolters Kluwer have jointly published the textbook “International Tax Law & Practice (1st edition)” for Paper 3 – International Tax.  A comprehensive 70-page supplement will be published in September in electronic format, and provided to those who have brought the textbook free of charge.  To order the textbook, please visit:

Should you have any enquiries regarding the 2021 CTA Examination, please contact the TIHK Secretariat by email:, or telephone: 2810-0438.