• Class Number 4829
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery Online
    • Dr Sonali Walpola
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
    • Helen Ping
SELT Survey Results

The course introduces students to the principles of tax law in Australia with a focus on income tax. The important provisions of the Income Tax Assessment Acts 1936 and 1997 about the concepts of income, capital gains, and deductions are considered in detail. Other topics include international aspects of income tax, tax treatment of different entities, tax planning and goods and services tax.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. recognise situations that have income tax and GST implications under Australian law;
  2. understand the principles and rules relating to the determination of income tax and GST (including tax avoidance provisions) as it operates in relation to individuals and other entities;
  3. apply the tax law principles learnt to specific factual situations;
  4. calculate income tax liability and GST liability;
  5. discuss, analyse and draw conclusions in relation to the various tax issues considered, in a clear and concise manner, using statutory provisions and case authorities in support.

Research-Led Teaching

Your lectures and tutorials will incorporate insights gained from relevant research in various tax law areas, such as: the economic implications of particular taxes and tax policies; the High Court’s interpretation of key tax concepts; corporate tax avoidance and tax-motivated profit-shifting by Australian multi-national enterprises.

Required Resources

Required materials:

Prescribed Text: Sadiq et al, Principles of Taxation Law, Thomson Reuters, 2020 (available from the Co-op bookshop). A list of readings (i.e. chapter references) will be given in week 1. You will be able to manage with a 2019 or 2018 second hand copy but you will need to make sure you make updates where necessary (you will be alerted to changes in the lecture/tutes).

Students are expected to have access to a copy of the prescribed book for the duration of the semester. The book can be purchased from the on campus bookshop, with a small number of copies also available for 2 hour loan in the reserve loan section of the Chifley Library.

Legislation: students must have access to the relevant legislation. Students may access the legislation on-line at the austlii website (http://www.austlii.edu.au/).

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Opportunity to engage and ask questions via wattle forum and email;
  • For students who undertake the optional and redeemable Take Home Exam: detailed written feedback will be provided;
  • Online practice questions and quizzes posted to wattle (some will be posted before the mid-semester break);
  • Brief written feedback provided to students if they present their understanding of a particular area via email;
  • Online explanations (via wattle) to questions and quizzes posted to wattle. 

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information


As a further academic integrity control, students may be selected for a 15 minute individual oral examination of their written assessment submissions.

Any student identified, either during the current semester or in retrospect, as having used ghost writing services will be investigated under the University’s Academic Misconduct Rule.


Email and Forums on the Wattle Course Website

Email and the Wattle course website are the preferred ways of communication. Student forums are set up on Wattle for each topic and can be viewed by all enrolled students and teaching staff. Students are encouraged to post any questions they have in the appropriate forum.

If necessary, the lecturer and tutors for this course will contact students on their official ANU student email address. Students should use this email address when contacting staff as spam filters used by ANU may not allow other email addresses to be received. Information about your enrolment and fees from the Registrar and Student Services' office will also be sent to this email address.



Students are expected to check the Wattle site for announcements about this course, e.g. changes to timetables or notifications of cancellations. Notifications of emergency cancellations of lectures or tutorials will be posted on the door of the relevant room.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the Australian Tax System
2 Residence and Source
3 Income Details about make-up lecture will be available on Wattle closer to the time
4 Income
5 CGT Optional Take Home Exam released
6 General Deductions Optional Take Home Exam due
7 Specific Deductions; Capital Allowances, Tax Accounting
8 Partnerships and Trusts
9 Companies
10 Goods and Services Tax
11 Tax Avoidance and Administration
12 Tax-motivated Profit Shifting

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Take Home Exam - Optional and Redeemable (against the Final Exam) 30 % 03/04/2020 30/04/2020 1,2,3,4,5
Final Exam 70 % 04/06/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Details will be provided on the ANU timetabling website in due course. Please check exam timetable.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 03/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 30/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Take Home Exam - Optional and Redeemable (against the Final Exam)

You will be asked to give tax advice in relation to a hypothetical fact scenario. The expected time required to write a very good answer to the Take Home Exam is half a day to 1 day. You will be given around 1 week, and this is so that you can fit this Take Home Exam around your other commitments. You need to treat the Take Home Exam like an exam – this means that you cannot discuss the question with others, and you need to prepare the answer entirely by yourself. You cannot seek help from your lecturer or tutor – this would obviously be unfair to other students. If you think some aspect of the question is unclear, you may seek clarification from your lecturer.

Word limit: 1200 words

Presentation requirements: the Take Home Exams need to be typed using size 12 font and either 1.5 or double spacing.

Take Home Exam Submission: online via Turnitin

Assessment Task 2

Value: 70 %
Due Date: 04/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Exam

You will need to provide tax advice in relation to a number of fact scenarios – you will need to give explanations for your answers, and also perform some calculations. There will be no MCQs.

All aspects of the course are potentially examinable. You will receive further information (including as to conditions) by Week 11.

Centrally administered examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. Exam scripts will not be returned. Students may review their exam scripts by appointment during scheduled sessions at the RSA School Office.

Value: 70-100% (100% if students did not undertake the optional and redeemable Take Home Exam)

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the Take Home Exam for your records (if you do the optional Take Home Exam). Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

Not applicable

Late Submission

Late submission not permitted. Submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of the Take Home Exam is not permitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Sonali Walpola
61 2 6125 8059

Research Interests

Sonali teaches and researches in the areas of Commercial Law and Taxation Law. Prior to joining the ANU, she worked in the tax section of a national law firm.

Dr Sonali Walpola

Helen Ping

Research Interests

Helen Ping

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