COMMLAW 3500 - Income Tax Law III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code COMMLAW 3500 Course Income Tax Law III Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites COMMLAW 2500 Incompatible LAW 3521 Restrictions Not For LLB students Course Description This course provides an introduction to, and overview of, fundamental concepts of income tax law. Topics include Introduction to Taxation, including income tax, capital gains tax, fringe benefits tax, and goods and services tax; Jurisdiction to Tax; Assessable Income, including taxation of capital gains and losses; Non-Assessable Income; Deductions; Tax Accounting; Tax Treatment of Tax Entities; Anti-avoidance; and Tax Administration.
Course Coordinator: Dr Sylvia Villios
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
This course is designed to:
- Provide students with an understanding of the Australian income tax system in a range of contexts.
- Provide knowledge of fundamental concepts of Australian income tax law.
- Enable students to develop experience in identifying tax issues and applying the income tax law to arrive at reasoned solutions to problems.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify and apply fundamental concepts of Australian income tax law.
- Investigate and analyse current income tax information and issues.
- Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to resolve income tax issues.
- Communicate effectively orally income tax information and solutions to income tax issues.
- Communicate effectively in writing income tax information and solutions to income tax issues.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,3 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesSemester 1
Income Tax Law Study Guide 2017
Core Tax Legislation 2017 (Oxford University Press)
Readings for semester 1
The Income Tax Law Study Guide 2017 refers to further required reading from the Australian Master Tax Guide 2017. This is available free online through the Law Library’s Quick Links to CCH Online (via IntelliConnect) A Case Materials Booklet will also be made available that contains the essential tax cases that must be read.
LexisNexis Australian Tax 2017
Lexis Nexis Concise Tax Legislation 2017
Lexis Nexis Quick Reference Cards I and II 2017
Australian Master Tax Guide 2017 (Oxford University Press)
Australian Tax Handbook 2017 (Thomson Reuters)
Australian Taxation Law 2017, Woellner, et al, (Oxford University Press)
Australian Taxation Law Cases 2017, Krever (Thomson Reuters)
Australian Tax Casebook 2017, Barkoczy (Oxford University Press)
Useful Internet Websites
www.austlii.edu.au – Legislation and case law.
www.comlaw.gov.au – Commonwealth legislation.
www.ato.gov.au – Australian Taxation Office (eg ATO publications and brochures, Public Taxation Rulings and Determinations, ATO case decisions and administrative guidelines, Taxpayer Alerts, etc).
www.taxboard.gov.au – The Board of Taxation (Independent, non-statutory body established to advise the Government on the development and implementation of taxation legislation and the ongoing operation of the tax system).
http://www.treasury.gov.au/Policy-Topics/Taxation – Commonwealth Department of Treasury information on taxation. taxreview.treasury.gov.au/content/Content.aspx?doc=html/home.htm – Australia’s future tax system.
www.igt.gov.au – Inspector General of Taxation.
www.taxinstitute.com.au – The Tax Institute (Professional association of tax practitioners, ).
Online LearningThe lecture recordings, PowerPoint slides used in lectures and other material for the course, such as tutorial questions, will be made available on MyUni throughout the semester.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The lectures will set out the approach to understanding the Income Tax Law and applying the different topics of the tax law to problems. Although attendance at lectures is not compulsory, it is highly recommended that students attend so that students get that understanding and familiarity with that approach to the topics.
Tutorials are a very important component of the way the course is taught. The Tutorial Questions will be made available throughout the semester and will be fairly simple at first, and will then progressively increase in complexity throughout the course. The tutorials will usually comprise practical problem type questions in which the income tax law or “theory” from lectures is applied to arrive at a solution supported by appropriate reasoning. This process of applying the income tax law to arrive at a reasoned solution is critical to doing well in the online tests, the exam and the course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies.
This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours for a three-unit course of private study outside of your regular classes.
Students in this course are expected to attend all lectures throughout the semester plus one tutorial class each week.
Learning Activities Summary
Lectures will cover:
1 Introduction to Taxation, including income tax, capital gains tax, fringe benefits tax, and goods and services tax
2 Jurisdiction to Tax
3 Assessable Income, including taxation of capital gains and losses
4 Non-assessable Income
6 Tax Accounting
7 Tax Treatment of Tax Entities
9 Tax Administration
Specific Course RequirementsNone.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceNone.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
The assessment components are:
Tutorial Participation – Qualititive assessment 10%.
Learning objectives and outcomes being assessed: 4, 5, 6 & 7.
Online Test 1 – Qualititive assessment 10% Friday Week 5
Learning objectives and outcomes being assessed: 4, 5, 6 & 8.
Online Test 2 - Qualititive assessment 10% Friday Week 8
Learning objective and outcomes being assessed: 4, 5, 6 & 8.
Final Exam 70%
The exam will be 3 hours plus 10 minutes reading time and open book.
Learning objectives and outcomes being assessed: 4, 5, 6 & 8.
Assessment Related Requirements
- To gain a pass in the course, a mark of at least 50% overall is required. There is no requirement that a particular part of the assessment must be passed.
- Examples of previous assessment (a sample exam) will be made available on the MyUni site.
- Assessment marks prior to the final exam will be displayed on the course website. Students are encouraged to check their marks and notify the Course Coordinator of any discrepancies.
Assessment DetailTutorial Participation
Students will be assessed by their tutor on their tutorial preparation and input into the tutorial discussion.
Each of the two Online Tests comprises 15 multiple choice questions and strudents must answer all questions in 45 minutes, in a single sitting. Further details will be provided to students at the beginning of the semester as to the topics which the online tests will cover as well as detailed instructions as to how to login online to complete the test.
The exam is “open book” but you must not bring into the exam room any book belonging to the University of Adelaide Libraries. “Permitted Materials” in the exam room are the prescribed textbook or any other tax textbook, the legislation, course materials and handouts, your own lecture and other notes written and prepared by you, and not prepared by or taken from someone else. You may also bring into the exam room an English or English/foreign language dictionary (paper only), and calculator incapable of sending text.
It is each student's responsibility to read the examination timetable. Misreading the timetable is not accepted as grounds for granting a replacement/additional (sup) exam.
University staff are not permitted to provide examination times to students over the telephone or in response to personal enquiries.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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