Courses & Units

Taxation BFA391

Hobart, Launceston



This unit is a compulsory unit in the Accounting Major and is designed to assist you in gaining an understanding of the theoretical concepts that underpin taxation law in Australia. This knowledge is used to develop your skills in the interpretation of taxation legislation, case law and rulings, and their application to different business entities and individuals. You will be required to calculate components of taxable income and different types of tax liability.


Unit name Taxation
Unit code BFA391
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Accounting and Corporate Governance

Mrs Patricia O'Keefe (Hobart, Launceston)

Dr John Minas (Launceston - ASP03)

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Accelerated Study Period 3 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020
Accelerated Study Period 3 14/9/2020 2/10/2020 28/10/2020 12/12/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

  • LO1: Locate, analyse, interpret and explain relevant legislation, cases, rulings and principles of taxation law in Australia.
  • LO2: Analyse scenarios and critically apply relevant legislation, cases, rulings and principles of taxation law to reach a conclusion.
  • LO3: Justify and communicate arguments concerning issues in taxation law and report taxation information to interested parties.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $2,702.00 080101

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.









Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week. Please check the unit outline for details.


In-class test (10%), Workbook (10%), Assignment (20%), Final exam (60%).

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You will need the following text [available from the Co-op Bookshop]:

“Tax Pack 2019” that includes:

Sadiq, K, Black, C, Hanegbi, R, Jogarajan, S, Krever, R, Obst, W& Ting, A 2019, Principles of Taxation Law, 121th edn, Thomson Reuters, Sydney, NSW. and

Pinto, D, Kendall, K & Sadiq, K 2019, Fundamental Tax Legislation, 27th  edn, Thomson Reuters, Sydney, NSW.

Textbooks may be purchased from the Co-op Bookshops in Hobart and Launceston.  The two books will be available as a pack at a slightly lower price. You should purchase paper versions of the text and not eBooks as the books may be taken into the test and exam.  Please note that acquiring a current edition of the text is essential for this unit, as tax law is a field that undergoes rapid and constant changes. Students who use past editions will put themselves at a clear disadvantage.


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