• Class Number 2185
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Sonali Walpola
    • Dr Sonali Walpola
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
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, the anti-avoidance provisions, and goods and services tax.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognize 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. Analyze and evaluate the tax implications of using various legal forms (companies; partnerships; trusts);
  6. Discuss, analyze 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 multinational enterprises.

Required Resources

Prescribed Text: Sadiq et al, Principles of Taxation Law, Thomson Reuters, 2024.

Students are expected to have access to a copy of the prescribed book for the duration of the semester. The prescribed book may be available for 2-hour loan in the reserve loan section of the Law Library. An e-book version of the text is available from the ANU library website at the following link (copy into your browser): https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/anu/detail.action?docID=7187610&pq-origsite=primo.

Legislation: Students must have access to 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).

Kenny, Villios, Bruce, Harrison, Blissenden, Australian Tax 2023, LexisNexis.

Barkoczy, S. Foundations of Taxation Law 2024, 15th edition. Oxford University Press.

Staff Feedback

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

  • Verbal feedback to their contributions during tutorials;
  • Verbal feedback if they attend consultation – students will be first asked their own view on questions they have difficulty with before the lecturer/tutor responds;
  • Online practice questions posted before the mid-semester break;
  • Detailed written comments on their Take Home Exam;
  • Brief written feedback within a reasonable time if they present their understanding of a particular area via email;
  • Explanations during tutorials for non-assessable quizzes conducted in tutorials (these explanations will be made available on wattle after the tutorial).

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 ways 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. Notifications of emergency cancellations of lectures or tutorials will be posted on wattle or the door of the relevant room.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the Australian Tax System (including Commonwealth taxes, tax rates, PAYG)
2 Residence and Source
3 Assessable Income, Allowances, FBT Tutorial Preparation
4 Assessable Income and CGT Tutorial Preparation
5 General Deductions Tutorial Preparation; Take Home Exam released
6 Specific Deductions
7 Capital Allowances, Trading Stock and Tax Accounting Tutorial Preparation
8 Partnerships and Trusts Tutorial Preparation
9 Trusts and Companies
10 Companies and Goods and Services Tax
11 Goods and Services Tax and Tax Avoidance
12 Multinational Tax Avoidance

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials will be held weekly on campus (starting from Week 2). Tutorial times will be made available via MyTimetable. Two weeks before the commencement of semester, please check the MyTimetable website for details of tutorial availability and release. 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 at https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling.

Please see Wattle for tutors’ information.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Preparation 10 % 04/03/2024 28/03/2024 1,2,3,4,5,6
Take Home Exam 30 % 28/03/2024 02/05/2024 1,2,3,4,5,6
Final Exam 60 % 30/05/2024 27/06/2024 1,2,3,4,5,6

* 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). Please check Wattle for details closer to the start of semester. Attendance at all teaching events, while not compulsory, is expected in line with Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning.


The date and time of the final exam will be notified via the ANU timetabling website in due course: http://timetable.anu.edu.au/ and information regarding permitted examination materials will be available on the examination timetable website (see the link provided earlier in this section) when the examination timetable is released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 04/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 28/03/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Tutorial Preparation

Students are required to submit tutorial preparation on Turnitin on 5 occasions during the semester: as shown in the class overview section of this document, submissions are required in Weeks 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8. In weeks where submissions are required, they will be due by Monday 11am. Where Monday is a public holiday, submissions will be due by Tuesday 9am. The tutorial questions (for assessable preparations and generally) will be available on the Monday of the previous week, i.e., students will have one week to prepare the assessable tutorial submissions. 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. A mark of 0 will be awarded if the student has failed to prepare, or if the submission is 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: The due date listed in the assessment summary is for the first submission.

Return date: progressive marks for tutorial preparation will be made available by the end of week 6 as shown in the assessment summary. Tutorial preparation marks for the semester will be conveyed early in the study week.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 28/03/2024
Return of Assessment: 02/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Take Home 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 about 1 day. You will be given a little more than 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 your classmates, 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: 2,000 words

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

Release and Submission: The Take Home Exam will be released to the course wattle page on Wednesday of Week 5. Submission will be online via Turnitin. Late submission is not permitted.

Due date: 10pm 28 March 2024.

Estimated return date: 2 May 2024.

Referencing requirements: You will need to acknowledge sources to the extent that you rely on the analysis or arguments of others. You may use any accepted referencing system (e.g. Harvard). Further details will be provided during the semester. 

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 30/05/2024
Return of Assessment: 27/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

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 (citing relevant tax law authorities), and also perform some calculations. There will be an emphasis on problem questions similar in complexity to those done in tutorials. All aspects of the course are potentially examinable including those areas previously assessed in the Take Home Exam. Revision questions and solutions will be provided on the wattle course site to help you prepare for the final exam.

Centrally administered examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. The due date listed in the assessment summary is the earliest possible date. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. Information regarding exam script viewing will be provided in due course.

Estimated return date: 27 June 2024.

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 the Take Home Exam. Please keep a copy of the submission 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 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

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.

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
6125 8059

Research Interests

Sonali's research interests lie in commercial law and taxation law and policy. Sonali's research has examined such issues as how judges change the law and the taxation of trusts. Sonali has supervised research students in taxation topics, including tax-motivated profit shifting.

Dr Sonali Walpola

Tuesday 14:30 15:30
Tuesday 14:30 15:30
Friday 13:00 14:00
Friday 13:00 14:00
Dr Sonali Walpola
6125 8059

Research Interests

Sonali's research interests lie in commercial law and taxation law and policy. Sonali's research has examined such issues as how judges change the law and the taxation of trusts. Sonali has supervised research students in taxation topics, including tax-motivated profit shifting.

Dr Sonali Walpola

Tuesday 14:30 15:30
Tuesday 14:30 15:30
Friday 13:00 14:00
Friday 13:00 14:00

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