LAWS6840 - Taxation of Business & Investment Income A

This unit, along with LAWS6841 Taxation of Business and Investment Income B, is designed to provide an advanced study of the tax treatment of various important business transactions.

It provides a detailed examination of the income tax and capital gains treatment of selected complex commercial transactions and their impact on the tax base.

The goal of the unit is to develop an understanding of the policies, detailed rules and current practical problems involved in this area of taxation, through the analysis of a number of specific problems discussed in each seminar. Because of continual change to the taxation system, recent legislative amendments and judicial decisions will be examined in detail where applicable.

The unit will cover the following topics: core income and expense rules and operational concepts underlying the income tax system; treatment of realised business income and the differentiation of capital gains; treatment of business expenses and the differentiation of expenses recoverable under depreciation, CGT or not at all; issues in the treatment of trading stock; issues in the tax treatment of the costs (and revenues) associated with business equipment and intangibles.

This unit can be taken alone or in conjunction with LAWS6841 Taxation of Business and Investment Income B.


Semester 1 2014
Wednesday Evenings 6-8pm
(First class will commence on 26 February 2014)

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


  • Class work (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 Global Law | Master of Business Law | Master of Taxation | Graduate Diploma in Taxation | Master of International Taxation