LAW 3521 - Income Tax Law

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LAW 3521
    Course Income Tax Law
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate Law (LLB)
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites LAW 2505
    Incompatible COMMLAW 3500
    Restrictions COMMLAW 3500
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Sylvia Villios

    SEMESTER 1 COURSE CO-ORDINATOR: Domenic Carbone

    Lecturer Name:
    Domenic Carbone

    Location:
    Room 4.16  Building: Law School

    Telephone:
    8313 4759

    Email:
    domenic.carbone@adelaide.edu.au

    Course website:
    www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au


    SEMESTER 2 COURSE CO-ORDINATOR:
    Sylvia Villios

    Lecturer Name:
                        Sylvia Villios

    Location:                Room 4.18,     Building: Law School

    Telephone:             8313 7223

    Email:                    sylvia.villios@adelaide.edu.au

    Course Website:     www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1. Employ a broad understanding of tax law
    2. Conduct tax law research by using research skills to interrogate primary and secondary legal materials, and analyse and synthesise complex legal information.
    3. Apply principles of tax law to complex legal problems, and critique the tax law from theoretical and practical perspectives individually and in collaboration with others.
    4. Structure and sustain concise and cohesive arguments with respect to selected issues in tax law in written and spoken formats.
    5. Work in teams and interact with peers in an ethical, professional and safe manner.
    6. Incorporate social, policy, comparative, international and/or interdisciplinary approaches into analysis of tax law.






    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)
    1,2,3,6
    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
    1,2,3,4,6
    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
    2,3,4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1,3,4,5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    5,6
    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
    2,4,5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Semester 1
    Text Books

    Income Tax Law Study Guide 2017 (author Domenic Carbone; purchase through the Univeristy's Online Shop).
    Core Tax Legislation 2017 (author Stephen Barkoczy; published by 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.

    Semester 2
    Text Books
    Lexis Nexis Australian Tax 2017
    Lexis Nexis Concise Tax Legislation 2017
    Lexis Nexis Quick Reference Cards I and II 2017

    Recommended Resources

    References
    Australian Master Tax Guide 2017 (Oxford University Press)
    Australian Tax Handbook 2017 (Thomson Reuters)
    Australian Taxation Law 2017, Woellner, Barkoczy, Murphy, Evans & Pinto (Oxford University Press)

    Case Books
    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 body of tax practitioners).

    Online Learning

    The lecture recordings, PowerPoint slides used in lectures and other material for the course, such as seminar questions, will be made available on MyUni throughout the semester.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    The lectures will provide students with an understanding of the Australian income tax system, provide knowledge of fundamental concepts of Australian income tax law.

    Seminars are a very important component of the way the course is taught. The seminar 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 seminars will usually comprise practical problem type questions which require students to critique the tax law from theoretical and practical perspectives individually and in collaboration with their peers. Further, the tutorials incorporate social, policy, comparative, international and interdisciplinary approaches to the analysis of tax law.

    Workload

    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

    5    Deductions

    6    Tax Accounting

    7    Tax Treatment of Tax Entities

    8    Anti-avoidance

    9    Tax Administration

    Specific Course Requirements
    None.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    None.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The assessment components are:
    Tutorial Participation – Students are assessed on their tutorial preparation and participation Qualititive assessment 10%.
    Learning objectives and outcomes being assessed: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6.

    Online Test 1 – 20 Multiple Choice or Muliple Selection Questions 5% Friday Week 5
    Learning objectives and outcomes being assessed: 1,3.

    Online Test 2 - 20 Multiple Choice or Multiple Selection Questions 5% Friday Week 8
    Learning objective and outcomes being assessed: 1,3.

    Assignment - 1,000 word group research paper and tutorial presentation  10% Week 6
    Learning objective and outcomes being assessed: 1,2,3,4,5,6.

    Final Exam 70%
    The exam will be 3 hours plus 10 minutes reading time and open book.
    Learning objectives and outcomes being assessed: 1,3,4,6.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Tutorial Participation
    Students will be assessed by their tutor on their tutorial preparation and input into the tutorial discussion.

    Online Tests
    Each of the two Online Tests comprises 20 multiple choice questions and students 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.

    Assignment
    Students will work in groups of up to 4 to prepare a 1,000 word research paper on a selected issue in tax law. Students will present their research during the tutorial in week 6.

    Exam
    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.

    Examinations will be held only at the time and locations stated in the University’s Examination Timetable, so they may not be taken in another country. Students should not make any arrangements to be absent until after the replacement/additional (sup) exam period.

    Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in the final examination because of poor hand-writing.
    Assessment Detail
    Exams
    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.
    Examinations will be held only at the time and locations stated in the University’s Examination Timetable, so they may not be taken in another country. Students should not make any arrangements to be absent until after the replacement/additional (sup) exam period.
    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Courses for which a result of conceded pass has been obtained may not be presented towards the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Laws or the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Laws programs, or any postgraduate law program, nor to satisfy prerequisite requirements within any law course.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    Approval of Results by Board of Examiners
    Students are reminded that all assessment results are subject to approval (and possible  moderation/change) by the Law School’s Board of Examiners. Assessment  results at the University are not scaled. Under the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, students are assessed ‘by reference to their performance against pre-determined criteria and standards … and not by ranking against the performance of the student cohort in the course’. However, under that same policy, the Board of Examiners (as the relevant Assessment Review Committee for courses at Adelaide Law School) is  required to ‘ensure comparability of standards and consistency’ in assessment. On occasions, the Board of Examiners will form the view that some moderation is required to ensure the comparability of standards and consistency across courses and years, and accordingly provide fairness to all law students. All assessment results are therefore subject to approval (and possible change) until confirmed by the Board of Examiners and posted on Acess Adelaide at the end of each semester.
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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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    The centre offers practical advice and strategies for students to master reading, writing, note-taking, time management, oral presentation skills, referencing techniques and exam preparation for success at university through seminars, workshops and individual consultations.

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    Further information regarding the Law School Policies and Procedures in relation to Supplementary Assessment, Extensions, and Remarks etc can be found at:

    https://unified.adelaide.edu.au/group/law-school/policies-and-procedures

    Plagiarism and other forms of cheating

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    Plagiarism is a serious matter and is treated as such by the Law School and the University. Please be aware that “academic dishonesty” (which goes beyond plagiarism) can be a ground for a refusal by the Supreme Court of South Australia to refuse to admit a person to practice as a legal practitioner in South Australia.

    Academic honesty is an essential aspect of ethical and honest behaviour, which is central to the practice of the law and an understanding of what it is to be a lawyer.

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