TAX LAW - 2020/1
Module code: LAW3127
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Tax Law introduces students to basic elements of tax law, explores a number of the most important questions in tax policy, and examines a range of topics in UK tax law. The module provides an overview of various kinds of taxation including income, consumption, inheritance and corporate taxation and explains basic features of the UK system of tax law and tax administration. Topics in tax policy include theories of tax fairness, debates over the tax base and progressive taxation, tax competition and international tax planning, and environmental taxes. UK tax law topics include income from employment, income from trading, income from land, capital allowances, capital gains tax, corporation tax, VAT, inheritance tax, and tax avoidance.
School of Law
LINDSAY Ira (Schl of Law)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: M200
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
I Introduction to Taxation
- Types of Taxes
- Individual Income Taxation
- Business Taxation
- UK Public Finance
- UK Tax Administration and Procedure
II Tax Policy
- The Tax Base
- Progressive Taxation
- The Political Economy of Taxation
- International Taxation and Tax Competition
- Taxation as Regulation: “Pigouvian Taxes”
III UK Tax Law
- Income from Employment
- Income from Trading
- Income from Land
- Capital Allowances
- Capital Gains Tax
- Inheritance Tax
- Corporation Tax
- Tax Avoidance
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A final summative exam will be required for the course; a formative exam will also be provided that will be marked but will not count toward the final grade.
- This module aims to introduce students to UK tax law and to several important debates in tax policy. Students will learn basic concepts in individual, business, and international taxation, become familiar with several areas of UK tax law, and consider various approaches to tax policy. Because taxation is a subject that cuts across disciplinary boundaries, the module will consider perspectives from a range of fields including law, economics, political philosophy and history.
|001||Understand the sources of public revenue and the range of taxes levied||KCPT|
|010||Analyze arguments for and against the taxation of consumption rather than income||KCPT|
|012||Explain some of the implications of economic theory for tax policy||KCPT|
|011||Critically evaluate arguments for and against progressive taxation||KCPT|
|013||Explain what challenges cross-border transactions create for tax policy including the role of tax havens and tax competition||KCPT|
|002||Explain the sources of UK tax law and the structure of tax administration||KCPT|
|003||Describe the history and continuing significance of the schedular system of income taxation||KCPT|
|005||Understand capital gains tax and how it is calculated||KCPT|
|004||Understand the taxation of employment income and emoluments, income from trading, and income from land||KCPT|
|006||Understand the structure and purpose of corporation tax||KCPT|
|007||Explain the development and nature of the law of tax avoidance||KCPT|
|008||Understand the structure of the VAT and the policy considerations that influence VAT policy||KCPT|
|014||Apply the principles of tax law to evaluate solutions to fact based problems||KCPT|
|015||Analyze the fairness and efficiency of alternative tax policies||KCPT|
|009||Understand the role that taxation can play in environmental policy||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 122
Lecture Hours: 22
Tutorial Hours: 6
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The module will be delivered by eleven 2 hour lectures and six 1 hour tutorials.
The students are expected to complete the Essential Reading for each seminar. The reading for each lecture will be limited to a reasonable amount with the expectation then that the students will complete the reading.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Law with Criminology LLB (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Law LLB (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Law with International Relations LLB (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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