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Taxation of Corporate Finance - ATAX0607

School:  Aus School of Tax and Bus Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: ATAX Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 0
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: 48 units of credit completed.
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


In this course you will be exposed to corporate finance concepts, as well as an in-depth examination of core tax law issues in the area, such as debt financing and timing. The course is based on a problem centred approach. The analysis of hard rules will be supplemented by exposure, in the context of practical problems, to some of the hard underlying questions which are, increasingly, on the agenda. The course will encourage you to exercise your critical faculties and to penetrate the key drivers.

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

The objectives of the course are to equip you, as a tax professional, with the necessary skills to analyse, and advise, concerning the taxation treatment of a range of financial products and structures. Because many of the existing rules are inappropriate, the course sets up an analytical framework from which a reasoned and efficient response to innovative products may be developed. An understanding of the financial framework in which the rules operate is vital to your understanding of the tax issues, and the course integrates this material with more traditional legal sources to produce a 'law in context' understanding of this critical taxation area.

Main Topics

  • The fundamentals, particularly the rules relating to the deductibility of interest expenses
  • The characterisation of debt and equity instruments
  • Tax on debt: Taxation of Financial Arrangements including the reform programme
  • Leasing and hire purchase: asset and project financing
  • Structured financial products


2 Assignments
1 Exam

Course Texts

Information regarding the Atax Textbook Lists for Semester 1 will be available on the UNSW Bookshop website from 1 February.

Information regarding the Atax Textbook Lists for Semester 2 will be available on the UNSW Bookshop website from 1 July.

Refer to Course Profile supplied by Lecturer.

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