• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ntina TZOUVALA
    • Glenn Davies
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2024
    See Future Offerings

This course introduces students to the main principles of Australia's income tax system. In order to understand the critical function of taxation in the Australian community, the taxation system is studied in its legal, economic, social and political context. Given the speed with which changes are made to the technical skills of tax law, this course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the principles of the income tax system and tax policy, rather than knowledge of a particular but limited set of technical rules.

Topics to be considered include:

  • the concept of income;
  • personal services income and fringe benefits;
  • business income;
  • property income;
  • the deductions;
  • the taxation of capital gains;
  • the taxation of business entities; 
  • residency, source and double tax agreements;
  • the anti-avoidance measures; and
  • tax administration.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Examine, assess and apply the main principles of Australia’s income tax law;
  2. Investigate and critically analyse the tax issues that arise in complex legal problems;
  3. Hypothesise solutions to complex legal problems, including synthesis and application of relevant legislation and case law to support ideas;
  4. Plan and execute a research-based project with independence, applying expert judgement on tax policy, tax law, and cases studied during the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online optional quiz (0) [LO 1,2]
  2. Online group collaboration and seminar participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Legal analysis of in-class problem (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Research essay (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a; Master of Laws (MLLM) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Graduate Certificate of Law (CLAW) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; or Master of Financial Management and Law (MFIML) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS4221 Income Tax. Students undertaking any ANU graduate program may apply for this course. Enrolments are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the ANU College of Law for appropriate permission.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.

Preliminary Reading

Supplementary Texts:

Income Tax: Text, Materials and Essential Cases, Catherine Brown, Michael Kobetsky, Peter Gillies, Rodney Fisher, Sylvia Villios, The Federation Press, 9th ed, 2016

Income Taxation in Australia: Parsons, R. W., The Law Book Company, 1985

(available digitally from University of Sydney, https://setis.library.usyd.edu.au/ozlit/pdf/p00086.pdf)

Required legislation:

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth)

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth)

Fringe Benefit Assessment Act 1986 (Cth)

(available on Federal Register of Legislation - https://www.legislation.gov.au/Browse/Results/ByTitle/Acts/InForce/In/0/0/principal)

ActsTitle - Legislation - This page lets you browse for the text of Acts. Clicking on a capital letter, or pairs of letters below it, takes you to a list of Acts with titles starting with that letter/letters. www.legislation.gov.au


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4980
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6537 01 Jul 2024 19 Jul 2024 19 Jul 2024 06 Sep 2024 Online N/A

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