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Tax in Practice (LAWS90159)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeLAWS90159
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Today’s tax professional requires a combination of technical tax expertise and a deep understanding of the practical aspects of providing tax advice. This subject will be presented in a panel style and cover the latest developments in the essential practical skills required by employers in the tax profession.

The emphasis of this subject will be on equipping you with the practical aspects of dealing with the day to day issues you will encounter as a tax practitioner. You will learn how to draft clear, concise and effective advice and the importance of managing tax risk. The subject will also arm you with the skills required to draft ruling applications and objections and understand your legal obligations as a tax adviser.

The subject will be presented by leading silks, partners and tax practitioners. It presents a unique opportunity to benefit from their extensive experience.

Principal topics include:

  • Negotiating with revenue authorities during audit, dispute and litigation
  • Understanding the various forms of advice provided by the Australian Taxation Office
  • The operation of legal professional privilege in the taxation environment
  • The obligations of the tax advisor
  • Taxpayer redress.

Intended learning outcomes

A student who has successfully completed this subject will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the practical aspects of providing tax advice
  • Be able to critically examine and analyse the requirements of the key documents that need to be prepared in practice
  • Be an engaged participant in debate regarding emerging and contemporary issues in relation to tax practice
  • Have a sophisticated appreciation of the tax dispute process
  • Have a detailed understanding of the tax advisor's legal and practical obligations
  • Have the cognitive and technical skills to generate critical and creative ideas relating to the practical aspects of tax practice
  • Have the cognitive and technical skills to independently examine, research and analyse the key elements and features of effective tax advice
  • Have the communication skills to clearly articulate and convey complex information to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Last updated: 3 April 2019