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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedBerwick First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Ken Devos (Berwick), Dr Ashraf Kazi (Gippsland), Ms Nance Frawley (Peninsula).


This unit provides an introduction to Australian income tax law and practice. Topics include: Australian tax jurisdictional issues, assessable income from personal exertion, property and business, capital gains tax and fringe benefits tax, exempt income, deductions, both general and specific, accounting for trading stock, taxation of partnership, company and trust income, GST, tax avoidance and evasion.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. describe the constitutional and administrative framework in which the federal taxation system operates
  2. describe fundamental tax concepts, such as the concepts of income, capital, deductible expenses, residence of the taxpayer, source of income and derivation of income
  3. critically analyse the fundamental distinctions between
    1. receipts of income and capital and
    2. deductible and non-deductible outgoings
  4. describe the special treatment given to different types of taxpayers, such as companies, trusts, partnerships and non-residents
  5. analyse, and apply, legislative provisions and court decisions relating to taxation matters.


Within semester assessment: 30%
Examination (3 hours, open-book): 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Ken Devos (Berwick), Dr Ashraf Kazi (Gippsland), Ms Nance Frawley (Peninsula).

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Students must have passed BTG1200 or BTW1200 before undertaking this unit.


BTC3150, BTF3931, BTG3221