Deloitte Tax Challenge 2017
Update - Team category (Preliminary stage)
and Individual category (Stage two)
16 October 2017
More than 500 challengers from various universities thronged the INTEC Education College in Shah Alam to compete in the Individual Category (Stage 2) and Team Category (Preliminary Stage) of the Deloitte Tax Challenge last Thursday!
The event kicked off at 9.00 a.m. with the Top 60 participants of the Individual Category undergoing written and oral assessments in Stage 2.
In the written assessment, participants were given 3 hours to provide their written views on a pre-determined topic related to corporate tax planning and the re-imposition of withholding tax on offshore services.
This was followed by the oral assessment segment with panel of judges comprising Deloitte professionals, where the participants were given 5 minutes to articulate their views on a topic related to new tax incentives to boost the tourism industry in Malaysia. For the first time in DTC history, the participants were allowed to do on-the-spot internet research prior to the assessments.
A new introduction to the agenda this year was a fun-filled program planned for all the challengers in between the serious competitions that took place.
While the individual challenge was taking place, the Team Category challengers enjoyed the activities lined up in the main hall of the venue as Team Category Preliminary Stage. During the period from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m., a series of fun-filled activities were organised for the challengers.
Of high interest to the challengers was the Deloitte HR team’s booth which provided CV writing advice. The large group of students queued up and waited patiently to seek assistance on their CVs, reflecting the value they placed on this advice. Mock interview sessions were also run continuously by another Deloitte HR team, where over a hundred challengers attended and benefitted from the feedback offered which included tips on do’s and don’ts during interviews.
Also on the program for the day were career counselling sessions by 12 experienced Deloitte professionals at Director and Manager levels, who offered valuable advice about developing a rewarding career pathway to more than 80 bright-eyed and enthusiastic participants.
Another popular booth is the “dress to impress” booth where Deloitte professionals shared tips on how to dress professionally.
A fun activity which attracted a lot of interest was the lively photobooth where hundreds of participants took fun and creative photos either individually or in groups or both, to post on their Instagram as part of the #DTC2017 photobooth goodie bag giveaway competition!
One of the key highlights of the program was an inspiring talk to all the challengers by Deloitte Malaysia Country Tax Leader, Yee Wing Peng, who took to the stage to share about his successful professional journey with Deloitte. He gave his valuable views on the characteristics of a successful tax professional and the vast opportunities available for a career in tax and in Deloitte today.
Enthusiastic students eagerly directed their questions to our Deloitte Tax Leader at the ensuing Q&A session. Several lucky participants who were able to answer to the challenging questions posed by our Tax Leader walked away with goodie bags which included the trendy DTC 2017 T-shirt.
After the sharing session, it was time for the challengers in the Team Category to proceed to the Preliminary Stage where they were tested on the ability to think outside the box through practical tax planning questions on the new withholding tax regime and e-commerce. Mobile devices were allowed for the challengers to do online research as the focus was to test them on case application.
The DTC committee thanked the management team of INTEC Education College for being our venue sponsor. In return, the management team led by Assoc. Prof. Mahfudzah Mohamed, Director of IPAC @ Intec Education College took the opportunity to present tokens of appreciation to Deloitte and the panel of judges for bringing the DTC to the college this year.
Stay tuned for the announcement of finalists on our Deloitte Tax Challenge webpage on
Monday, 23 October 2017!
We wish the challengers all the best in the finals happening on
31 October and 1 November 2017!
For more information, please visit our DTC webpage here
or send us an email at email@example.com.