LAWS6825 - Introduction to Australian Business Tax

This unit introduces the basic elements of Australia's income tax (including fringe benefits tax and capital gains tax), with an emphasis on their impact on businesses, whether conducted directly or via a partnership, trust or company.

The unit covers the following topics: the main structural features of the tax system; assessability of business revenue; treatment of business expenses; timing rules for revenue and expense recognition; trading forms (companies, partnerships, trusts), capital raising and costs of servicing invested capital; cross-border issues; anti-avoidance rules.

The unit is intended for participants who have not undertaken a recent and thorough undergraduate unit (or postgraduate equivalent) in Australian income tax.

Participants are primarily from two groups:

  1. foreign students who have studied their own domestic tax system and now wish to acquire a detailed knowledge of the operation of the Australian tax system;
  2. Australian graduates in law, commerce, accounting, or other disciplines, who have not previously studied income tax.

This unit is suitable as both an entry-level precursor to the more specialised units offered in the Tax Program and as a unit for practitioners and others who do not seek to be tax specialists but want to improve their general understanding of the tax ramifications of commercial operations.


Semester 1 Intensive Group A
Session 103
10-14 March 2014

Semester 2 Intensive Group B
Session 108
16-18 & 21, 22 July 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.


  • 1 x Class Work/Test (30%)
  • 1 x Two-Hour Exam (70%)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Business Law | Master of International Taxation | Master of Taxation | Graduate Diploma in Taxation