LW3REV-Revenue Law

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Eligible to proceed to the final part of any LLB degree, or with the permission of the Head of the School of Law. Available to visiting i.e. ERASMUS
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr David Wilde

Email: d.c.wilde@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
To introduce students to the major rules and principles of tax law.

To teach the general principles, most important detailed rules, and most pervasive problems of classification, of the UK's law of direct taxation; with particular emphasis on the taxation of business income.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • identify the sources of the UK's law of direct taxation;

  • display familiarity with the key provisions of the statutory code and a capacity to apply techniques of statutory interpretation;

  • demonstrate a knowledge of existing case-law doctrine and an ability to apply rules of precedent;

  • formulate and evaluate legal arguments, incorporating the most important published commentary;

  • solve tax law problems;

  • evaluate the existing law.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop oral communication skills in tutorials; written skills in essay work; and research skills in preparation for tutorials and examination.

Outline content:

  • General introduction to the framework of the UK's law of direct taxation.
  • The distinction between income and capital.
  • Income tax: with particular emphasis on income from trades, professions, and vocations.
  • Capital gains tax.
  • Corporation tax.
  • Inheritance tax.
  • The law on tax avoidance.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching will be by video lectures in the first term and tutorials in the second. Students will be required to complete one piece of written work.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 25
Tutorials 5
Guided independent study 75 95
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
One three-hour paper in the Summer Term (four questions to be answered from a selection).

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment arrangements: See School Guide (Programme Assessment).

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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