|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework Level 7|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This core tax subject will examine in depth the Australian income tax rules applicable to trusts, including significant new and ongoing reforms and policy developments. It will apply these rules to the range of applications of trusts, including private trusts such as unit trusts, family discretionary trusts, public managed investment funds, real estate investment trusts, nominee trusts, and stapled structures used by large businesses.
Principal topics include:
- Definition and types of trust at law and for tax purposes and framework of trust tax rules
- Trust distributions, beneficiaries and trustees, present entitlement, net income and flow-through of tax attributes, such as franking credits and capital gains
- Trust losses
- Anti-avoidance and integrity rules
- Capital gains tax for trusts, including formation, distributions, termination, unit trusts and deceased estates
- Managed investment and real estate unit trusts, public trading trusts, and stapled and other trust structures
- Trust tax reform and new developments.
Intended learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this subject will:
- Have an advanced and integrated understanding of trust taxation rules and of how these tax rules apply to trusts in a range of different applications
- Be able to critically examine, analyse, interpret and assess the effectiveness of these legal rules
- Be an engaged participant in debate regarding emerging and contemporary issues in the field
- Have a sophisticated appreciation of the key planning and structuring uses of trusts
- Have an advanced understanding of taxation of private trusts for individuals and families, discretionary and unit trusts for businesses, public managed funds, real estate and trading trusts, nominee and stapled structures used by large business
- Have a detailed understanding of topical issues and tax reforms applicable to trusts
- Have the cognitive and technical skills to generate critical and creative ideas relating the use of trusts, and to critically evaluate the tax treatment applying to them
- Have the cognitive and technical skills to independently examine, research and analyse existing and emerging issues relating to taxation of trusts
- Have the communication skills to clearly articulate and convey complex information regarding taxation of trusts to relevant specialist and non-specialist audiences
- Be able to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in the field of taxation of trusts.
Eligibility and requirements
Melbourne Law Masters Students: Successful completion of Taxation of Business and Investment Income and Capital Gains Tax: Problems in Practice or equivalent subjects, or appropriate professional experience is required:
LAWS70325 Capital Gains Tax: Problems in Practice
LAWS70250 Tax of Business and Investment Income
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|LAWS70081||Capital Gains Tax: Problems in Practice||
|LAWS70002||Tax of Business and Investment Income||
JD Students: Successful completion of the below subject:
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|LAWS50046||Taxation Law and Policy||
Recommended background knowledge
Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent). Applicants should note that admission to some subjects in the Melbourne Law Masters will be dependent upon the individual applicant’s educational background and professional experience.
Core participation requirements
The Melbourne Law Masters welcomes applications from students with disabilities. The inherent academic requirements for study in the Melbourne Law Masters are:
- The ability to attend a minimum of 75% of classes and actively engage in the analysis and critique of complex materials and debate;
- The ability to read, analyse and comprehend complex written legal materials and complex interdisciplinary materials;
- The ability to clearly and independently communicate in writing a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and to critically evaluate these;
- The ability to clearly and independently communicate orally a knowledge and application of legal principles and interdisciplinary materials and critically evaluate these;
- The ability to work independently and as a part of a group;
- The ability to present orally and in writing legal analysis to a professional standard.
Students who feel their disability will inhibit them from meeting these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact Student Equity and Disability Support.
- Assignment (2,500 words) (30%) (27 November)
- Take-home examination (5,000 - 6,000 words) (70%) (10 - 13 January 2020)
A minimum of 75% attendance is a hurdle requirement.
Quotas apply to this subject
Dates & times
Principal coordinator Terry Murphy S.C. Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 24-34 hours Total time commitment 150 hours Pre teaching start date 9 October 2019 Pre teaching requirements The pre-teaching period commences four weeks before the subject commencement date. From this time, students are expected to access and review the Reading Guide that will be available from the LMS subject page and the subject materials provided by the subject coordinator, which will be available from Melbourne Law School. Refer to the Reading Guide for confirmation of which resources need to be read and what other preparation is required before the teaching period commences. Teaching period 6 November 2019 to 12 November 2019 Last self-enrol date 14 October 2019 Census date 6 November 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 13 December 2019 Assessment period ends 13 January 2020
November contact information
Additional delivery details
This subject has a quota of 30 students.
Enrolment is on a first come, first served basis. Waitlists are maintained for subjects that are fully subscribed.
Students should note priority of places in subjects will be given as follows:
- To currently enrolled Graduate Diploma and Masters students with a satisfactory record in their degree
- To other students enrolling on a single subject basis, eg Community Access Program (CAP) students, cross-institutional study and cross-faculty study.
Please refer to the Melbourne Law Masters website for further information about the management of subject quotas and waitlists.
Specialist materials will be made available free of charge from the Melbourne Law School prior to the pre-teaching period.
- Related Handbook entries
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
Additional information for this subject
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- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.