• Class Number 5420
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Max Bruce
    • Dr Max Bruce
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
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. Apply 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 areas of tax law, such as: the economic and social 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 multinational enterprises.

Required Resources

Prescribed Text: Kenny, P. Villios, S. Harrison, J. Bruce, M. & Blissenden, M. (2022) Australian Tax 2022.

Students are expected to have access to the prescribed text for the duration of the semester. The text can be purchased directly from the publisher (either as a hard copy or e-book). A small number of copies are also available for short term loan in the reserve loan section of the Law Library. An ebook version of the text will also be made available. Details will be placed on Wattle in due course.

Legislation: Students must have access to the relevant legislation. Students may access the legislation online, either through the AustLII website (www.austlii.edu.au) or the Federal Register of Legislation (www.legislation.gov.au).

Cases: Students are not required to access judgements of cases, however if students wish to do so they may be accessed trough the library via Lexis Nexis (www.advance.lexis.com.au) or West Law AU (www.westlaw.com.au)

The following texts are NOT prescribed reading in this course, however, they are useful reference material and are all available through the law library.

Barkoczy, S. Foundations of Taxation Law 2022, 14th edition. Oxford University Press.

Sadiq, K. Et al. Principles of Taxation Law 2022, 15th edition. Thomson Reuters.

Bevacqua, J. Et al. Australian Taxation, 1st edition. Wiley

Staff Feedback

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

  • Verbal feedback to their contributions during tutorials
  • Practice questions will be made available before the final exam;
  • Verbal feedback if students attend consultation – students will be first asked their own view on questions they have difficulty with before the lecturer/tutor responds;
  • Comments on individual Mid Term Exams & Exam Answer Guide;
  • Brief written feedback within a reasonable time if students present their understanding of a particular area via email.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

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 Integrity Rule.


Email and the Wattle Course Website

Email and the Wattle course website are the preferred methods of communication.

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Principles of Taxation, The Australian Tax System, Tax Policy & Theory.
2 Residence and Source, Income Tax, Medicare Levy, Tax Offsets, The Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Tutorial Preparation
3 Ordinary & Statutory Income, Exempt & Non-Assessable Non-Exempt Income. Tutorial Preparation
4 Capital Gains Tax (CGT). Tutorial Preparation
5 General & Specific Deductions, Deduction Limitations. Tutorial Preparation
6 Capital Allowances & Trading Stock. Tutorial Preparation; Mid Term Exam Released
7 Tax Accounting & The Taxation of Companies, Partnerships and Trusts. Mid Term Exam Due
8 Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT)
9 Goods & Services Tax (GST)
10 Tax Avoidance, Tax Evasion & Tax Planing
11 Tax Administration & Disputes
12 Superannuation & Exam Revision

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities/tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Please see Wattle for tutors’ information.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Preparation 10 % 1,2,3,4,5
Mid-Term Exam 30 % 1,2,3,4,5
Final Exam 60 % 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills 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.


Course delivery: on-campus lecture (recording on Echo360) and weekly tutorials (delivered on-campus and via live Zoom). 

Attendance at all teaching events, while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (h). 


The date and time of the final exam will be notified via the ANU timetabling website in due course: http://timetable.anu.edu.au/.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Tutorial Preparation

Students are required to submit tutorial preparation via Turnitin on 5 occasions (Weeks 2 to 6) during the semester. The preparation being a short attempt at answering the tutorial questions for the corresponding submission week. 

Marking criteria: A maximum of 2 marks per submission can be obtained for satisfactory preparation. 2 marks will be awarded where the submission shows a genuine attempt to answer all questions set for the tutorial and the answer refers to relevant tax principles. 1 mark will be awarded if the submission is not quite satisfactory but shows some attempt to answer the questions. No marks will be awarded if the student has failed to prepare, or if it appears that the notes are too vague or obviously irrelevant. Even where the submission appears to be complete with relevant material, a mark of 1 or 0 will be awarded where the student has copied excessively from teaching or other materials and overall it appears the student has not made a genuine attempt to answer the set questions.

Due Date: (see the Class Overview section of this document for the weeks in which submissions are required). Submissions are due prior to the commencement of your enrolled tutorial. Submissions received after this time will not be marked.

Estimated return date: Marks for tutorial preparation will be made available by the end of Week 6.

Referencing requirements: In text references to cases or legislation. Abbreviated references permitted.

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Mid-Term Exam

You will be required to answer 10 questions of equal weight in short answer format. The questions will cover material from Weeks 1-5. You will need to consider the application of the tax law to a number of fact scenarios – you will need to give explanations for your answers, and also perform some calculations. A rubric will be provided prior to the release of the assessment.

Word limit: 1,500 - 2,000 words (shorter or longer papers will be excepted without penalty)

Presentation requirements: Typed using size 12 Times New Roman font and either 1.5 or double spacing.

Release and Submission: The Mid-Term Exam will be released on the wattle course page on the Friday of Week 6. Submission will be online via Turnitin. Late submission is not permitted.

Due date and time: Monday of Week 7 at 9:00am.

Estimated return date: Friday of Week 9

Referencing requirements: In text references to cases or legislation. Abbreviated references permitted.

Value: 30%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Exam

You will be required to answer 10 questions of equal weight in short answer format. The questions will cover material from Weeks 1-12.There will be an emphasis on problem questions similar in complexity to those done in tutorials and Mid-Term. All aspects of the course are potentially examinable, including those areas previously assessed in the Mid-Term Exam. Further information about the exam (e.g., as to duration, format etc.) will be provided by the end of Week 12.

The exam will be timetabled through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. The final examination will be made available online on the Wattle course page and students will be required to provide their responses via a Turnitin submission. The exam is non-proctored and open book. Further details about the final exam will be provided by Week 10. 

Due date and time: Refer to Examinations Timetable.

Estimated return date: 1 December 2022

Value: 60%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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 assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission is NOT permitted. A mark of 0 will be awarded if assessment tasks are submitted after the due date unless an extension has been approved.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Assessments will be returned to students by the stated return dates.

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 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 Max Bruce
61 2 6125 4262

Research Interests

Dr. Bruce researches in the area of taxation law. In particular tax avoidance, tax disputes and Australia's General Anti-avoidance law

Dr Max Bruce

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Dr Max Bruce

Research Interests

Dr Max Bruce

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