The taxation module enables students to understand the theory behind how tax policies are developed in the UK and elsewhere in the world. The course focuses on the UK taxation rules so that students can calculate the main tax liabilities under UK tax policy, whilst encouraging students to question the success and inadequacies of UK tax policy and to develop professional skills relevant to the practical application of tax rules in a consultancy environment.
This module discusses general tax principles and policies in the context of Asian and European countries, as well as in the UK.
Sustainability is covered in lectures on Environmental taxes and when discussing the use of short-term or long-term tax policies to sustain economic stability.
All of the resources are available on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).
This module is accredited by the following financial accounting bodies: ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales), ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland), CIMA (Chartered Institute Management Accountants) and CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy)
Students develop a range of valuable professional skills on this module, including time-management, research, critical thinking, analytical review, forming an argument, peer review, report writing, team-working, and creative design.
Full module specification
BEA1008 Introduction to Financial Accounting or BEA1013 Introduction to Accounting
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11Duration (weeks) - term 2:
The course has been designed to enable students to understand:
o How tax policies are set and react to changes in taxpayer behaviour and other forces;
o The cross over between tax and other disciplines: Law, Economics, Politics, Philosophy, Financial Reporting;
o The mechanics of how tax policy is administered and governed in the UK;
o How tax practitioners/accountants approach taxation with their clients and
o The impact UK tax rules have on taxpayers of different types (e.g. corporate entities, individuals) both directly and indirectly
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Analyse the economic and social impact of taxation policies in a global setting
- 2. Evaluate features of different forms of taxation in the UK.
- 3. Discuss the ethical issues facing tax practitioners
- 4. Compute tax liabilities under the current UK rules for income tax, capital gains tax, corporation tax and VAT
- 5. Explain and discuss the treatment and implications of national insurance (NIC), inheritance tax (IHT) and stamp duty
- 6. Evaluate environmental taxes and tax incentives used in the UK
- 7. Apply tax techniques in assimilated case studies to appreciate tax in the workplace environment
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 8. Identify and uNtilise a variety of sources of reference material, giving suitable acknowledgement and reference to sources, distinguishing between the relevance, reliability and potential bias of diverse sources;
- 9. Use analysis and critical thinking to evaluate arguments, assumptions, concepts and data, to make judgments, recommendations or to frame appropriate questions.
- 10. Identify key problems and then use relevant qualitative and quantitative information to solve them.
- 11. Confidently communicate both through formal group presentations and informal discussions with module peers and module leader.
- 12. Professionally present information in a variety of written formats aimed at different specialist and non-specialist audiences.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 13. Take group work responsibility by performing a variety of team roles and by dealing with group problems.
- 14. Identify the qualities and importance of constructive feedback, make use of these techniques to improve independent learning techniques and to enhance leadership skills.
- 15. Use/ develop efficient independent time planning to accommodate: self-study, assignment deadlines, group work and personal development.
- 16. Use group work with students from other countries as an opportunity to discover, first hand, information about business and working styles around the world.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Guided Independent Study||120||KNOWLEDGE ACQUISITION - study via online learning pods recorded by module tutor & guided reading|
|Guided independent study||60||TECHNICAL APPLICATION - application of knowledge to questions|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||20||TECHNICAL APPLICATION - Weekly WORKSHOP class|
|Guided independent study||30||PRACTICAL APPLICATION - application of knowledge to practical scenarios with group work activities|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities||10||PRACTICAL APPLICATION - Fortnightly TUTORIAL class|
|Guided Independent Study||60||KNOWLEDGE CONSOLIDATION - application of knowledge to exam style questions and revision|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Weekly workshop questions for discussion||Class discussions and presentation of worked solutions during workshops||1-16||Students can discuss their answers + clicker feedback + model answers published on ELE|
|Practice Multiple Choice, Short form and mock exam questions during tutorial group work||3 one-hour tutorials||1-7, 8-12, 13-16||Answers marked and feedback provided from peers. Model answers provided|
|Presentations||2 x 5-minute presentations||1-3 6-7, 8-12, 13-16||Students and tutor provide informal feedback on presentations|
|Posters||2 posters||1-3, 6-7, 8-12, 13-16||Students to provide feedback on quality of poster|
|Report writing||1500-word report to a client||4,7-16||Written feedback from tutor and from students|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group Project in groups of 4-5 students including an individual element||20||3,000 words||1-3, 8-12, 14-16||Written for groups individually and marker's overall feedback|
|Fortnightly MCQ tests||10||10 fortnightly MCQ tests 6 questions per test||1-6, 9-10, 14-15||On-line feedback after test date|
|Examination||70||3 hours||1-7, 9-10 & 12, 14-15||Solution uploaded to ELE with examiner's report on overall performance|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Group Report (20%)||2,000 word Individual essay||1, 2, 7, 8-12||July deadline for submission|
|MCQ assessment (10%)||Single MCQ assessment (10%)||1-6, 9-10, 14-15||August assessment period|
|Examination (70%)||Examination (70%) (3 hours)||1-7, 9-10 & 12, 14-15||August assessment period|
If you pass the module overall you will not be referred in any component – even if you have not passed one or more individual components.
- Nature and forms of taxation, evaluating forms of taxation (not UK specific)
- Taxation, incentives and taxpayer behaviour (not UK specific)
- Development of the UK system
- Residence and domicile status
- Tax administration and self-assessment system
- National Insurance Contributions
- Income Tax for employees including benefits in kind
- Income tax for business including basis periods, losses and apportionment of profits.
- Capital allowances
- Corporation Tax including losses and groups
- Capital Gains Tax
- Inheritance Tax
- Stamp duty
- Devolved transaction taxes
- Tax planning, avoidance and ethics
- Environmental taxes
- Exam techniques
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
- Lymer, A., & Oats, L. (2022). Taxation policy and practice (29th ed.). Birmingham: Fiscal Publications.
- ICAEW - Professional conduct in relation to taxation (PCRT)
- What everyone needs to know about tax: an introduction to the UK tax system by James Hannam (2017); Wiley InterScience (Online service)
- Melville, A. (2022). Taxation: Finance Act, 2022. London: Pitman Publishing.
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
You will have access to an online searchable and resources database, with links to several eBooks available on through the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE). Within this environment, you will also be supported through online discussion forums and activities.
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