Unit aim

Introduces the law and practice of taxation in Australia and the inter-relationship between these taxes. Its major emphasis is on income tax as it applies to individual taxpayers, as this is currently the most significant source of government revenue. Other taxes that will be studied include fringe benefits tax, the goods and services tax (GST) and state-based taxes. By studying this unit students should attain a basic working knowledge of the taxes that are levied by the Commonwealth and the States. This unit also examines some of the principles behind a good tax system and the administration of taxation in Australia.

Unit content

Topic 1: Overview of Australian income tax
Topic 2: Concepts of income
Topic 3: Statutory income and exempt income
Topic 4: Capital Gains Tax
Topic 5: General deductions
Topic 6: Specific deductions
Topic 7: Tax accounting
Topic 8: Taxation of individuals
Topic 9: Fringe Benefits Tax
Topic 10: Goods and Services Tax and other taxes
Topic 11: Taxation administration
Topic 12: Tax Planning and Introduction to taxation of entities

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 3

  • Barkoczy, S, 2014, Core Tax Legislation and Study Guide, 17th edn, CCH Australia Ltd, North Ryde. ISBN: 978 1 922215 59 8.
  • Chow, M, 2014, Australian Master Tax Guide, 54th edn, CCH Australia Ltd, North Ryde. ISBN: 978 1 922215 57 4.
  • Nethercott, L, Richardson, G & Devos, K, 2014, Australian Taxation Study Manual: Questions & Suggested Solutions, 24th edn, CCH Australia Ltd, North Ryde. ISBN: 978 1 925091 32 8.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Online MySCU participation10%
Short written response40%
Exam: closed book50%

New Zealand - MIT

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Assessment
Online MySCU participation10%
Short written response40%
Exam: closed book50%

Online

Teaching method
Workshop online 1 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Online MySCU participation10%
Short written response40%
Exam: closed book50%

Papua New Guinea - Air Niugini

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Assessment
Online MySCU participation10%
Short written response40%
Exam: closed book50%

Sydney

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Assessment
Online MySCU participation10%
Short written response40%
Exam: closed book50%
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