School of Accounting and Commercial Law


Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Accounting and Commercal Law.


The impact of taxation is a key aspect of financial and corporate decision-making. No person or business wants to pay more tax than they are legally obliged to. However, the tax system also plays an important role in ensuring a fair and decent society, through the distributional components of the system. An understanding of tax is therefore a vital component of a commerce degree, especially in accounting.

Through their work with many of the pillars of the New Zealand tax system (the Treasury, Inland Revenue and the courts) and their internationally recognised research, tax academics are able to offer a range of up-to-date taxation courses that will broaden your understanding of domestic and international taxation.

A Taxation major or minor covers areas such as New Zealand personal and corporate income tax systems, GST regimes, international tax law, double tax treaties, tax policy development and tax administration practices.

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Taxation undergraduate information

The Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) requires:

  • A total of 360 points to complete the degree (3 years full-time study).
  • The completion of seven compulsory core 100-level courses.
  • The completion of at least one major.

Taxation major

A taxation major provides an understanding of the most up-to-date features of New Zealand's personal and corporate income tax systems, GST regime, international tax law, double tax treaties, and tax policy and administration practices.

The current Taxation major consists of the following courses:

  • ACCY 231, COML 203, 204, TAXN 201
  • TAXN 301; two further courses from TAXN 300-399

Taxation minor

It is possible to complete a taxation minor. This consists of 60 points from TAXN at 200-level or above, including at least 15 points at 300-level.

Taxation major attributes

These are the attributes that we expect our TAXN majors to have by the time they graduate. They will be able to:

  1. Engage in conceptual debates in at least two key areas of taxation, within business, government and accounting organisations and in wider society. This includes the ability to:
     (a) research
     (b) analyse taxation issues from various perspectives
     (c) communicate
  2. Interpret taxation legislation and apply taxation legislation and case law
  3. Identify potential legal issues related to taxation within business, government and accounting organisations

Postgraduate information

Graduate Certificates and Diplomas

Postgraduate Degrees

While there is no dedicated Taxation Honours programme, it is possible to add Taxation Honours courses to any of the BCom(Hons) programmes.

The School of Accounting and Commercial Law also offers the Master of Commerce and the PhD programmes for advanced level postgraduate study in Taxation.

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How to find out more

Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers

Commercial Law
International Business
Māori Business

Business advisor
Business owner
Financial planner
Tax administrator
Tax consultant
Tax law drafter
Tax policymaker

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Taxation course information

Taxation courses are taught within the School of Accounting and Commercial Law, Rutherford House.

Course learning objectives

Each course has specific learning objectives that we expect students to have attained by the time they have successfully completed the course.

Download the course learning objectives below:

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Taxation—course learning objectives 80 KB PDF

List of courses

Please note: the list below shows undergraduate-level courses only. For a complete course listing, see the list of all Taxation courses.

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200-level courses

300-level courses