Study guide: ninth edition
Taxation is a key component of the overall skills base of today's professional accountant.
Business leaders appreciate that there are taxation implications that flow on from most business and investment decisions. A sound knowledge of Australian taxation law is essential to ensure quality input into the strategic decision-making process of a business, and to provide post-implementation taxation advice. Business structures may involve different types of entity or combinations of entities (such as individuals, partnerships, trusts and companies), and it is important to consider the taxation advantages and disadvantages of each of them.
This edition of the subject has been updated so that it explores some of the complex areas of taxation in greater detail. It is an extension of Australia Taxation and requires prior undergraduate-level learning in Australian taxation.
The subject allows candidates to gain an advanced understanding of tax theory and policy, as well as the practical application of complex tax knowledge across core and specialist tax areas. In particular, this subject examines advanced tax issues including income tax law for a variety of business structures and investment entities; goods and services tax; tax implications of complex business structures and corporate financing arrangements, to equip candidates with the skills they need to advise their corporate clients. Completing the subject will generate a competitive advantage for candidates in professional tax advisory areas.
On completion of this subject, you should be able to:
- understand the principles of tax theory and explain how tax policies will impact on business decisions
- advise on the tax implications arising from various complex business structures, superannuation and associated investment decisions
- recommend an appropriate business or investment structure to achieve commercial and personal goals whilst within the remit of the Australian taxation law
- explain the tax consequences of various corporate financing arrangements
- apply advanced taxation knowledge in complex business areas at local and international levels, such as transactions involving complex goods and services tax (GST) law, cross-border tax issues and anti-tax avoidance.
The Australia Taxation – Advanced subject reflects legislation in place as at 1 January 2023. Exam questions will be based upon the 2022-23 tax year.
The Australia Taxation – Advanced exam consists of multiple-choice questions and extended response questions.
The "weighting" column in the following table provides an indication of the emphasis placed on each module in the exam, while the "recommended proportion of study time" column is a guide for you to allocate your study time for each module.
|Module||Recommended proportion of study time (%)||Weighting (%)|
|1. Tax theory, policy, reform and anti-avoidance||13||13|
|2. Trusts and trust distributions||12||12|
|4. Companies and company distributions||13||13|
|6. Complex business structures||10||10|
|7. Corporate financing||10||10|
|8. International transactions and cross-border tax issues||10||10|
|9. Advanced GST issues||10||10|
For further information, see the subject outline below.
The role of CPA Australia in tax policy
Members in Fiji may study a local taxation subject offered by the University of the South Pacific (USP)
Members in Malaysia may study a local taxation subject offered by Sunway TES and Universiti Tun Abdul Razak.
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