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Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (Taxation)
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Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (Taxation)

About the programme

Who is in charge?

The Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Taxation programme is convened by Rudi Oosthuizen.

Do I qualify?

Applicants to the programme must meet the basic entrance requirements‚ being a BCom or BBusSci or equivalent undergraduate degree containing a taxation course(s) in the final year of that degree. In addition‚ academic references‚ an entrance exam or an interview may be required. All candidates are required to submit their curriculum vitae, academic transcript and a motivation on application.

For more information on the entrance requirements please see page 51 of the Commerce Faculty Postgraduate Handbook available at: http://www.students.uct.ac.za/students/study/handbooks/current   

How much will it cost?

The provisional course fees are listed on the individual course sites (see links below), but the information may also be found in the Fee Handbook available at: http://www.students.uct.ac.za/students/study/handbooks/current

How do I apply?

Click here to be directed straight to the UCT Online Application page.

By when must I apply?

Closing dates appear on the UCT Online Application page and are generally 31 October of the year preceding the start of the programme i.e.31 October 2019 if you want to start the course in 2020. THE CLOSING DATE FOR 2021 APPLICATIONS WAS 31 OCTOBER 2020. HOWEVER LATE APPLICATIONS MAY BE POSSIBLE. PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK ABOVE TO SEE IF YOU CAN STILL APPLY.

Please note that registration for the programme will be processed online.

What will I do on the programme?

The aim of this programme is to equip students with the necessary tax technical knowledge and skills in order to try to bridge the gap between the competencies gleaned through undergraduate studies in domestic taxation, and the competencies required in the workplace. The programme also aims to develop the ability to perform preliminary research.
The programme is also designed to prepare students who wish to pursue the SAIT Tax Professional qualification (for the professional designation of Tax Advisor (SA), which enables successful candidates to register as Tax Practitioners with SARS. (For further information, see https://www.thesait.org.za/page/Tax_Qualifications)

There are two components to the programme: a coursework component and a research component. Students have the option of completing the program over one year in which case the coursework and the research component (technical report) are completed in the same year, OR over two years with the coursework component being completed in the first year and the research component (technical report) being completed in the second year. Importantly, students who are also working while completing their studies are strongly advised to complete the programme over two years on a part-time basis. Full-time students may complete the programme in one year.

The coursework component of the Tax Honours programme comprises the following two courses:

FTX4010F Advanced Taxation I
This course covers various advanced topics such as the taxation of trusts, tax avoidance, tax administration, debt reduction, and practical tax compliance for individuals and corporate entities. There is also a focus on developing the research skills, writing skills and computational skills that would be expected of a proficient tax professional in the workplace.

FTX4037S Advanced Taxation II

Students are required to pass FTX4010F in order to proceed with FTX4037S. This course is focused on some of the more specialised topics that young tax professionals are likely to encounter in practice. These topics include an introduction to international tax, corporate restructuring and the tax consequences of financial instruments (e.g. interest, hybrid debt and hybrid equity instruments, share schemes, foreign exchange differences and dividends). The focus of this course is on the technical knowledge required and the practical application of these tax topics in the commercial world.

The research (technical report) component of the Tax Honours programme comprises the following two courses

FTX4035W Tax Technical Report

Students are required to submit a technical report (maximum word count of 10,000) on a tax related topic. At Honours level, the research reports must be completed independently and are unsupervised.

FTX4036F Research Methods in Taxation

This course aims to assist students with the preparation of the research report. It involves limited lectures on research methods, including guidance on what resources are available and how to compile a complete report. Students are required to do a short research proposal presentation on their chosen topic.

Programme details

The coursework lectures for FTX4010F and FTX4037S are presented on Tuesday afternoons from 15:00 - 18:00 and on occasion, on Saturday mornings from 08:30 - 12:30. The course timetable follows the normal UCT timetable with regard to university vacations and examination periods.

How am I assessed?

You must get 50% or more for each course in the programme and a minimum aggregate of 50% overall. Note that FTX4036F does not carry a mark and is simply a pass/fail grade.

What happens if I fail a course?

FTX4010F is a prerequisite for FTX4037S. Should a student fail FTX4010F, that student will be unable to continue with the programme. Courses may not be repeated. No supplementary examinations are permitted. If you score at least 40% at first attempt for FTX4035W‚ you may resubmit the technical report once.

Can I get a distinction?

The degree may be awarded in the First Class if you have an overall weighted average of at least 75%‚ with a subminimum of 70% in the coursework and in the technical report.


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