ACCT358-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

Advanced Issues in Taxation

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2017
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 3 March 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 19 May 2017


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 are 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 this 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

Having engaged in learning during the course, students will be able to:

(a) Critically evaluate whether a particular arrangement or transaction constitutes tax avoidance (and the application of the General Anti-Avoidance Rule or GAAR);
(b) Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues;
(c) Demonstrate an understanding of issues of international taxation such as the application of double tax agreements (DTAs); and
(d) Describe the steps involved in the dispute resolution process and outline the Commissioner of Inland Revenue’s key information gathering powers;
(e) Determine appropriate penalties applicable to a tax shortfall;
(f) Demonstrate an understanding of the taxation issues related to companies.


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


ACIS358, ACIS354

Timetable Note

The term test will be held during the week beginning May 8th 2017.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Adrian Sawyer


Andrew Maples and Alistair Hodson


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Tutorial preparation 10%
Assignment 20%
Term Test 30%
Final Exam 40%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Textbooks:
CCH, Income Tax Legislation, 2016 or 2017; or Thomson Reuters, Taxation Legislation Handbook 2016 or 2017 (your legislation needs to have the Income Tax Act 2007).

CCH, Foundations of New Zealand Taxation Law 2016; or Thomson Reuters New Zealand Taxation 2016 or 2017.

Lecture and tutorial readings and related materials will be available to be downloaded from LEARN.

Course links

Course Outline

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $775.00

International fee $3,188.00

* 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 on the department and colleges page .

All ACCT358 Occurrences

  • ACCT358-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017