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ACCG8124 – Taxation Law

2021 – Session 1, Special circumstances

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Daisy Chen
Moderator
Zaman Khorseduzzaman
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(ACCG614 or ACCG6014) and admission to MAccg or MAccLead or MAccg(Adv) or MProfAcc or MProfAccgLead
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit examines the laws relating to income tax (including the taxation of capital gains), fringe benefits tax and the goods and services tax in Australia and their application to determine a particular entity’s tax liability. In completing this unit, students will be able to identify, explain, analyse and apply relevant tax legislation, case law and rulings to a variety of fact situations, making conclusions and recommendations. In addition, the tax issues specific to individuals, partnerships, trusts and companies are considered and compared. Specifically, students can identify, analyse and apply the law relating to income tax and determine a particular taxpayer's final income tax liability; identify, analyse and apply the law relating to GST and FBT and determine a particular taxpayer's GST and FBT liability; explain the relevant tax laws and related legal precedents and apply them to a problem or fact situation; present verbally and in writing conclusions as to the tax implications arising from a particular set of facts.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Identify, analyse and apply the law relating to income tax and determine a particular taxpayer's final income tax liability.
  • ULO2: Identify, analyse and apply the law relating to GST and FBT and determine a particular taxpayer's GST and FBT liability.
  • ULO3: Explain the relevant tax laws and related legal precedents and apply them to a problem or fact situation.
  • ULO4: Present verbally and in writing conclusions as to the tax implications arising from a particular set of facts.

General Assessment Information

Late assessment (for Case study) must also be submitted through Turnitin. No extensions will be granted. There will be a deduction of 10% of the total available marks made from the total awarded mark for each 24 hour period or part thereof that the submission is late (for example, 25 hours late in submission incurs a 20% penalty). Late submissions will not be accepted after solutions have been discussed and/or made available.   This penalty does not apply for cases in which an application for Special Consideration is made and approved. Note: applications for Special Consideration Policy must be made within 5 (five) business days of the due date and time.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Class Participation 5% No Throughout the Session
Online Quiz 15% No 26 March 2021
Case study 30% No 7 May 2021
Online Final Exam 50% No Examination period

Class Participation

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 2 hours
Due: Throughout the Session
Weighting: 5%

 

Requires students to make an oral and written presentation. Each student will be allocated a question and will be required to give one oral presentation analysing and answering the issues in the question. Presentations will be marked on the basis of the level of preparation, understanding, accuracy and ability to explain the key issues.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify, analyse and apply the law relating to income tax and determine a particular taxpayer's final income tax liability.
  • Identify, analyse and apply the law relating to GST and FBT and determine a particular taxpayer's GST and FBT liability.
  • Explain the relevant tax laws and related legal precedents and apply them to a problem or fact situation.
  • Present verbally and in writing conclusions as to the tax implications arising from a particular set of facts.

Online Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 6 hours
Due: 26 March 2021
Weighting: 15%

 

This diagnostic quiz 1 will cover topics 1 to 3 and related tutorial questions. The quiz is designed to provide feedback as to the student’s understanding of key topics and to identify any particular learning challenges or areas of difficulty prior to the later assessment tasks.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify, analyse and apply the law relating to income tax and determine a particular taxpayer's final income tax liability.

Case study

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 31 hours
Due: 7 May 2021
Weighting: 30%

 

(1) Group component (5%) The group component will assess students’ skills in using Xero computerised accounting software while working in a group.

(2) Individual component (25%) - Business report (20%) Students are required to write a 2,000 word business report that analyses a set of facts concerning a taxpayer’s circumstances and apply the Australian tax law to arrive a conclusion in form of a piece of advice. - Reflection report on Forage internship case study (5%) In addition to submitting a screenshot of the completion certificate from the selected Forage virtual experience program, students are required to submit a reflection report (500 words) about their experience with participating in the virtual experience program.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify, analyse and apply the law relating to income tax and determine a particular taxpayer's final income tax liability.
  • Explain the relevant tax laws and related legal precedents and apply them to a problem or fact situation.
  • Present verbally and in writing conclusions as to the tax implications arising from a particular set of facts.

Online Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 21 hours
Due: Examination period
Weighting: 50%

 

A two-hour online examination will be held during the University's examination period

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Identify, analyse and apply the law relating to income tax and determine a particular taxpayer's final income tax liability.
  • Identify, analyse and apply the law relating to GST and FBT and determine a particular taxpayer's GST and FBT liability.
  • Explain the relevant tax laws and related legal precedents and apply them to a problem or fact situation.
  • Present verbally and in writing conclusions as to the tax implications arising from a particular set of facts.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Classes    

·         The thirteen three-hour seminars will consist of a 2 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar component each week as detailed later in this unit guide. 

·         The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at:  http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/

·         Class attendance for this unit is compulsory.

Staff teaching in the unit will be available for individual consultation with students. A timetable of when staff will be available will be posted on the unit’s iLearn site.

Students experiencing significant difficulties with any topic in the unit must seek assistance immediately. You are encouraged to seek help at a time that is convenient to you from a staff member teaching on this unit during their regular consultation hours. In special circumstances, an appointment may be made outside regular consultation hours.  

Lecturer consultation sessions will be run online via Zoom.

Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials

Prescribed textbooks:

  • Woellner, Barkoczy, Murphy, Evans and Pinto Australian Taxation Law 2021 OUP  31st Edition
  • Barkoczy, S. Core Tax Legislation and Study Guide 2021 OUP.

All students must purchase the prescribed texts.

 

Recommended textbooks:

The following is not specifically required but may be used for additional reading.

  • Australian Master Tax Guide 2021 68th Edition CCH
  • Nethercott LJ and others Australian Tax Study Manual: Questions and Suggested Solutions 2020 30th  Edition OUP
  • Barkoczy S Australian Tax Casebook 2020 15th  Edition OUP

Additional Resources: 

The University library has numerous resources relating to taxation law however you may find particularly useful the on-line resources ‘Tax’ resources available through the library databases, specifically CCH-Online.

Additional resources will be made available on the ilearn unit website for you to download and read.

Unit Web Page  

You can directly access the Unit Guide, and the Assessment Guide, the current lecture outlines, Echo 360 recordings, announcements related to the unit, library and other useful websites via the ACCG8124’s i-Learn site.

Learning and Teaching Activities   

Each week, lecture notes will be placed on i-learn before the class. These notes are only the core notes and they are NOT intended to stand alone nor in place of lecture attendance. They are provided for your convenience. You must also properly construct your own notes based on your own readings and any additional comments, supplements and corrections to these notes which may occur during lectures – and which you MUST attend. The Lectures will be recorded on Echo 360 on a weekly basis.

You are not entitled to rely on lecturer provided notes for full study purposes nor as the final indicator of exam content. You are required to and expected to read all text and legislative references and also to take into account comments, additional materials and illustrations and examples which may also be given in lectures.

It is expected that ALL students have prepared answers to each week’s tutorial questions PRIOR to the seminar.

Unit Schedule

Week

Lecture

Presentation

Assessment Due

01

Lecture 1 

Introduction to taxation law

Tax formula, tax rates and tax offsets

Administrative aspects of taxation

No presentations

 

02

Lecture 2 

International aspects of taxation 

General principles of income

Income from personal exertion

Questions relating to Lecture One

 

03

Lecture 3 

Income from property

Income from business

 

Questions relating to Lecture Two 

04

Lecture 4 

Tax Accounting

General deductions

Questions relating to Lecture Three

 

05

Lecture 5 

Specific deductions

Trading stock

Questions relating to Lecture Four

Online quiz 

06

Lecture 6

Capital allowances and capital works

Blackhole expenses

Small business concessions

Introduction to Capital Gains Tax

Questions relating to Lecture Five

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-Session Break (5 April 2021- 16 April 2021)  

 

 

 

 

07 

Lecture 7

Capital Gains tax

Questions relating to Lecture Six  

08

Lecture 8 

Goods and Services Tax

 

Questions relating to Lecture Seven

 

 

 

 

09

Lecture 9

Trusts

Taxation of minors

Questions relating to Lecture Eight

 

Case study 

 

10

Lecture 10 

Partnerships

Superannuation 

Questions relating to Lecture Nine

 

11

Lecture 11

Companies

 

Questions relating to Lecture Ten

 

12

Lecture 12

Fringe benefits tax

 

Questions relating to Lecture Eleven

 

13

Lecture 13                               

Revision

 

Questions  relating to Lecture Twelve

 

 

 

14

EXAMINATION PERIOD

 

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