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Taxation of Employee Remuneration - ATAX0625

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.
Excluded: ATAX0325, ATAX0425, ATAX0525
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course examines the treatment of employee remuneration in the Australian taxation system. We start by examining the employer/employee relationship, contrasting it with the principal/independent contractor relationship. This distinction is central to understanding our tax laws. Tax collection obligations imposed on employers, including under PAYG and the pay-roll tax system, are considered in detail. Employers' obligations and employees' rights under the superannuation guarantee system are examined, as are tax concessions for contributions and the taxation of payments made on termination of employment (eg, arising from redundancy, unfair dismissal or death). The course examines the treatment of personal services income when it is derived through an interposed entity, and the tax consequences of salary sacrifice arrangements and salary packaging. Finally, we look at the Tax Office's response to arrangements aimed at avoiding tax on payments for services performed.

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

On completion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Distinguish, in broad outline, between an employee and an independent contractor, and explain the importance of the distinction
  • Explain and evaluate the rationale and workings of the PAYG system and the pay-roll tax system
  • Detail the major operational features of the fringe benefits tax and its consequences for employers and employees
  • Describe the operation of and rationale for tax concessions for employers and employees when they make superannuation contributions
  • Explain the superannuation guarantee obligations imposed on employers and the implications for employees
  • Distinguish the various types of payments that may be made on termination of employment and the tax treatment of those payments
  • Explain various 'salary packaging' devices and anti-avoidance provisions aimed at preventing the minimising of tax through, for example, the interposition of entities between the provider and recipient of services

Main Topics

  • Fundamentals
  • Tax collection
  • Fringe Benefits Tax
  • Superannuation and the workplace
  • Termination payments
  • Remuneration planning


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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