Stefan Hardege studied at the Berlin College of Management and Administration of Justice and graduated in 1986 with a Diploma in Finance. His subsequent career at the Department of Fiscal and Financial Administration in Berlin was concluded as an auditor in Taxation and Revenue Office for Corporations. After qualifying as a tax consultant, he decided to withdraw from the civil service and opened his own consultancy on 01.04.1992, making him at the time the youngest self-employed member of the county’s Association of Chartered Tax Consultants.