Course Title: Implement tax plans and evaluate tax obligations

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: ACCT5389C

Course Title: Implement tax plans and evaluate tax obligations

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6148 - Advanced Diploma of Accounting

Course Contact : Ben Sethia

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5982

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bruce Phillips ext 55735   room 80.5.30

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess taxation liabilities, optimise tax positions, establish processes and plans, evaluate tax policies and review tax compliance for legal entities.

It applies to experienced individuals who use analytical and problem-solving skills to prepare plans and strategic advice for clients.

Work functions in the occupational areas where this unit may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. This unit is designed to meet educational requirements of the Tax Practitioner Board (TPB). Refer to the FNS Implementation Guide Companion Volume or the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

FNSACC603 Implement tax plans and evaluate tax obligations


1. Assess legal entity's tax obligations

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Quantify history and trends of legal entity's tax obligations arising from its historical taxable transactions, using standard accounting techniques
1.2 Analyse data from current transactions to resolve discrepancies and ambiguities and confirm suitability of legal entity
1.3 Conduct research to identify updates or additions to compliance requirements relevant to maximising client's benefit and establish recording and reporting requirements
1.4 Identify legal entity's tax obligations by analysing data on taxable transactions
1.5 Schedule payments of tax obligations by applying methods of determinations and tax bases


2. Develop tax plans

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess implications of schedule on tax entity's operations and structure
|2.2 Develop financial management strategies to ensure alignment of cash flow with incidence and schedules of tax obligations
2.3 Develop management process and record-keeping systems to implement financial management strategies and ensure maintenance of audit trail
2.4 Document management processes that include application of compliance requirements
2.5 Estimate future taxation obligations from income and expenditure forecasts using standard accounting techniques


3. Evaluate and advise on tax plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Prepare budgets in accordance with income and expenditure forecasts, and periodically review to ensure accuracy of tax obligation estimates
3.2 Analyse variances between actual tax obligations and tax plan to identify errors or adjustment required to financial management strategies or management process
3.3 Monitor and evaluate performance of tax plans and advise accordingly
3.4 Monitor and review tax documentation to ensure it complies with legislative and professional requirements
3.5 Analyse evidence of non-compliance to diagnose origin and develop resolution

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.
We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

Induction Session

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:

  • Program overview and requirements
  • MyRMIT/Blackboard
  • Overview of assessment requirements
  • Pre-Training Review including:
    • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
    • Assessment of current skills and knowledge
  • Competency/Grading Criteria
  • Plagiarism
  • Appeals
  • Extensions
  • Feedback
  • Privacy
  • Submission requirements
  • Resubmission policy
  • Where to get support
  • Student responsibilities 

 The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows but please note that it is subject to change.
The mid semester break will be from 25 Mar to 1 April. Classes will resume on 4 April2016.

     Week Week CommencingTopics                                                             Assessment    Competencies
 1 08/02/16 Partnerships distributions, tax payable
Revision of tax principles, Tax Practitioners
 FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
 2 150/2/16 Partnerships advanced exercises FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
 3 22/02/16 Trusts introduction FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
 4 29/02/16 Trust exercises FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
 5 07/03/16 Primary producers intro/livestock accounts, Squatter game played Test 1FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
 6 14/03/16 Primary producers: elections, special write-offs and decline in value FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
 7a 21/03/16 Primary producers averaging offset, Companies intro/reconciliations FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
  25/03/16 - 1/4/2016 Mid Semester Break  
    FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
 804/04/16 Companies reconciliations FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
 911/04/16 Company franking accounts Assignment inFNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
1018/04/16 SuperfundsTest 2 FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
 1125/04/16 Fringe Benefits Tax FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
 1202/05/16 Fringe Benefits Tax & Salary Packaging FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
 1309/05/16 Returns & assessments tasks handout FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
 1416/05/16 Returns & Assessments Tasks handout FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
1523/05/16 Returns & Assessments Tasks handout FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)
 1630/05/16 Feedback, resits, and resubmissions Test 3FNSACC603 (ACCT5389C)

The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Australian Income Tax Question Book by Alan & Garry Kirby 2014 ed with 2015 update



Australian Income Tax Answer Book by Alan & Garry Kirby 2014 ed with update 2015


Other Resources

Posted materials on MyRMIT (Blackboard) regularly

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • research and critically evaluate new or changed legislative requirements and apply where relevant to the preparation of the client’s tax documentation
  • identify legal entity’s tax data required to calculate taxable income
  • provide taxation advice to clients in line with individual requirements
  • prepare tax documentation and tax plans for legal entities that comply with:
    • Australian taxation law and Australian Taxation Office (ATO) rulings and lodgement schedules
    • accounting principles and practices
    • tax entity’s organisational policy and procedures
  • evaluate tax plan for compliance with legislative requirements

Knowledge Evidence

To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:

  • identify and explain ethical considerations and legislative requirements relevant to the preparation of tax documentation for legal entities, including:
    • conflict of interest
    • responsibilities of tax agents including Code of Professional Conduct obligations under the Tax Agent Services Act (TASA) and Tax Agent Services Regulations (TASR)
    • government tax policy documents issued by Reviews, Treasury and Board of Taxation
    • explanatory materials in relation to legislation
    • statutes
    • court and Administrative Appeals Tribunal decisions
    • Commissioner of Taxation’s interpretive guidance in Rulings and Determinations
  • explain critical and key elements of Australian taxation law as it relates to tax documentation for legal entities such as companies, trusts, partnerships and sole traders including:
    • the rules and principles of Australian tax law, with an understanding of the legal environment in which these principles operate, basics of the legal system, constitutional considerations and separation of powers
    • the key aspects of income tax law covering concepts of residence and source, related elements of international tax, assessable income, deductions, tax rebates and offsets, and tax accounting
    • the key aspects of taxes that extend the ordinary income tax base, including relevant principles and application of the capital gains tax (CGT) and fringe benefits tax (FBT) rules
    • goods and services tax (GST)
    • taxation aspects of superannuation law
    • administrative aspects of the taxes identified above including documentation, tax collection and withholding mechanisms, assessments, obligations, rulings, penalties and audits
    • specific and general anti-avoidance tax rules
  • describe the key sources of information and taxable transactions data required to calculate taxable income, including:
    • allowable deductions
    • capital gains
    • financial adjustments such as write-offs and revaluations
    • income
    • payments
    • purchases
    • superannuation payments
  • describe the key features of organisational policy and procedures relating to the preparation of tax documentation for legal entities
  • outline the key accounting principles and practices relevant to preparation of tax documentation for the different types of legal entities
  • discuss ethical considerations for the preparation of returns, including the Code of Professional Conduct’s disclosure and confidentiality requirements
  • outline financial management strategies used to optimise tax position

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the accounting field of work and include access to:

  • a range of common office equipment, technology, software and consumables
  • an integrated financial software system and data

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course. 

Assessment Tasks

Overview of Assessment

This course  FNSACC603 Implement Tax Plans & Evaluate Tax Obligations is co-delivered and co-assessed with FNSACC601 Prepare & Administer Tax Documentation for Legal Entities

 The assessments for this course have been designed to allow participants  apply their learning to particular simulated work scenarios and demonstrate their competence in a variety of ways.

TEST 1 (Due Date: End of  Week 5 )

 For this Assessment Task you are doing an open book test on topics partnerships and trusts and unearned income of minors. The test requires you to apply your learning to practical situations. Most questions are calculation based including the net income and tax payable by a partner or a trustee.

TEST 2 (Due Date: End of Week 10)

For this assessment task you are doing an open book test on topics primary producers and companies & franking accounts. Again it is about applying your learning to practical situations. Calculators are encouraged as you will be calculating the answer to most questions. For example the calculation of tax able income(company), or the averaging offset of a primary producer.

TEST 3 (Due Date: End of Week 16)

For this assessment task you are doing an open book test on topics superfunds, fringe benefits tax salary packaging, & returns and assessment etc. Again this is about problem solving and is mostly based on calculations. For example you will find taxable income of a superfund and you will calculate two options to determine whether a salary package with benefits is a better option than maximising salary.

ASSIGNMENT (Due date: End of week 9)

For this assessment task you are required to do an assignment based on the transactions from the board game Squatter, starring Dave Rudd a sheep farmer, who owns a large property in outback Australia. Students undertake the assignment in groups of three, with each making their own contribution to the overall effort. The students are required to prepare a tax return for one year, and estimate tax payable after offsets, and to produce certain accounting records. the assessment will be based on a competent or not yet competent basis. You must pass the assignment to pass the semester.

 You must successfully complete all assessment tasks to achieve competency.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Submission Requirements

You should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of each assessment task is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Callie Harvey, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Late Submission Procedures

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days. <check links are still current>

More Information:

Form to use:

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination. <check links are still current>
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Resubmissions (VET Programs):

If you are found to be unsuccessful in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website: <check link is still current>
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Marking Guide (Competency):

You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.

Marking Guide (Grading)

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:

Final Grades table:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

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