TAXATION

ACC5TAX

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will gain an understanding of the operation of the Australian income tax system. On completion of this unit, students should be able to understand the operation of the income tax legislation, recognise and apply the principles used by the Courts to determine whether an amount is included in assessable income, or is an allowable deduction. Students should also understand and apply capital gains tax provisions as well as Fringe Benefits Tax. Finally, students should understand and be able to identify the income tax implications arising from the use of taxable entities such as companies, partnerships and trusts, as well as have a general understanding about tax administration and anti-avoidance provisions.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLivia Gonzaga

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into LMAFM; or LMPA; or LYFAPA; or LMFAF; or LMFAI; or LMFAM; or LMFAP; or LMFAR; or LYFABA; or LYFAIB; or LYFAIM; or enrolled in a postgraduate course.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCore Tax Legislation and Study GuidePrescribedBarkoczy, current editionOxford University Press
ReadingsAustralian Taxation and Study ManualPrescribedDevos, K., Nethercott, L. & Richardson, G., current editionOxford University Press
ReadingsFoundations of Taxation LawPrescribedBarkoczy, current editionOxford University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. In groups as well as individually, engage critical thinking, problem solving, research and ethical behaviour skills to write meaningful tax advice responding to problem-based situations, involving the interpretation and application of relevant tax legislation and legal principles.

Activities:
At the weekly lectures students will be presented with a broad perspective of the Australian tax system. At the weekly tutorials, students will undertake case studies focusing on the topics presented in the lecture and discussing the application of tax legislation and case law principles. In the group assignment, students will engage team work, critical thinking, creative problem solving and inquiry/research to provide a solution to a case-based problem, interpreting and applying tax provisions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)

02. Independently analyse and interpret data and apply legislation and case law to calculate income tax liability for certain types of taxable entities such as individuals, companies, partnerships and trusts.

Activities:
At the weekly lectures students will be presented with a broad perspective of the Australian tax system. At the weekly tutorials, students will undertake case studies focusing on the topics presented in the lecture and discussing the application of tax legislation and case law principles. Critical thinking and creative problem-solving will be assessed during the mid-semester test.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

03. Formulate business strategies to ensure compliance with the provisions of the relevant legislation and demonstrate an awareness of the potential effects of possible changes in taxation law.

Activities:
At the weekly lectures students will be presented with a broad perspective of the Australian tax system. At the weekly tutorials, students will undertake case studies focusing on the topics presented in the lecture and discussing the application of tax legislation and case law principles.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

04. Interpret the relevant legislation and case law to make informed judgements on issues relating to the Australian taxation framework, policy issues and the application of Tax Law.

Activities:
At the weekly lectures students will be presented with a broad perspective of the Australian tax system. At the weekly tutorials, students will undertake case studies focusing on the topics presented in the lecture and discussing the application of tax legislation and case law principles.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLeslie Nethercott

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour final examinationHurdle requirement: Students must achieve at least 40% in the final examination as well a minimum aggregate mark of 50% in order to pass the subject.60 01, 02, 03, 04
One group assignment (case study)2,000 words20 01, 02, 03, 04
One 1-hour online multiple-choice mid-semester testequivalent to 1,000-words20 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLivia Gonzaga

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour final examinationHurdle requirement: Students must achieve at least 40% in the final examination as well a minimum aggregate mark of 50% in order to pass the subject.60 01, 02, 03, 04
One group assignment (case study)2,000 words20 01, 02, 03, 04
One 1-hour online multiple-choice mid-semester testequivalent to 1,000-words20 02, 03, 04