ACCT358-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Advanced Taxation

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


This course considers the interpretation of legislation; tax planning, tax avoidance and tax evasion; tax investigations and dispute resolution; tax penalties; ethics; international taxation; and company taxation.

In recent years, the growth in the complexity of taxation law and the increased awareness of the need for research into aspects of taxation have made it desirable that certain topics arer considered in a specialist taxation course.  The emphasis in ACCT358 will be on practical and legal aspects of taxation, as well as an appreciation of the intricate nature of taxation law.  Broadening the focus beyond the legislation is a critical aspect, as is recognising the plethora of new developments and highlighting the fact that taxation law and practice is far from static.  The course requires students to have a working knowledge and background in taxation.  The course material will build upon the knowledge and develop other avenues for examination.  Completion of the course should provide students with a framework to evaluate taxation issues and a foundation for involvement in taxation matters in their employment.  It provides an excellent preparation for ACCT359, and subsequent honours level courses in taxation.

Learning Outcomes

  • The objectives of the course are:
  • Critically evaluate whether a particular arrangement or transaction constitutes tax avoidance (and the
    application of the General Anti-Avoidance Rule or GAAR);
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of issues of international taxation;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the taxation issues related to companies;
  • Outline the Commissioner of Inland Revenue’s key information gathering powers in investigations;
  • Determine appropriate penalties applicable to a tax shortfall.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


(1) ACCT152 or LAWS101; and (2) ACCT254 OR LAWS352


ACIS358, ACIS354

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Adrian Sawyer


Alistair Hodson and Andrew Maples


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 20%
Term Test 30%
Final Exam 50%

Textbooks / Resources

CCH, Income Tax Legislation, 2021 or 2022; or Thomson Reuters, Taxation Legislation Handbook 2021 or 2022 (your legislation needs to have the Income Tax Act 2007).

CCH, Foundations of New Zealand Taxation Law 2021 or 2022; or Thomson Reuters New Zealand Taxation 2021 or 2022.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $845.00

International fee $3,975.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Department of Accounting and Information Systems .

All ACCT358 Occurrences

  • ACCT358-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022