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The Tax Agent Program allows you to register as a tax agent. Those new to the profession and wishing to practise in areas of accounting, tax and commercial law and financial management will gain an understanding of the concepts and practical applications of Australian tax law.

The Tax Agent Program is ideal if you are looking to meet the education requirements of the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) to register as a tax agent. The program delivers real-world skills and knowledge, as well as an understanding of the concepts and practical applications of tax law in Australia.

You’ll learn:

  • How to explain the basic structure of tax and compliance obligations
  • The ethics and professional responsibilities of a tax professional
  • How to advise on the tax impacts of commercial & property transactions.

Scroll to bottom of page for more information on:

  • Entry requirements and learning outcomes
  • Subjects and study modes
  • Recognition
  • Your tax professional instructors
  • Timetable
  • Fees
Subjects: 6
Credit points: 36
CPD: 30 hours per subject
Cost: $1,650 per subject
Delivery: Face-to-face or distance
Study Length: 1-2 years part-time
Level: Introductory – Advanced
Study Periods: 2-3 per year

1300 TAX EDU
(1300 829 338)

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Approved by the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB)

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Available as single subjects to fill specific knowledge gaps

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Gain skills that are directly applicable to the workplace

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"[The Tax Institute] balances technical material and practical application, bridging academia with the practice of tax law."

Rachel Vijayaraj, ATI, Brown Wright Stein Lawyers

"The weekly webinars and on line study format made it possible to combine the course work and full time work."

Wendy Miller, FTI, Damien Greer

“Studying with The Tax Institute gave me the confidence to understand and tackle detailed taxation issues.”

Mathew Coombes, CTA, Borough Australia Pty Ltd

“What I learnt I was actually applying every day to my work with my clients and the notes I received are now my tax bible.”

Lauren Whelan, HLB Mann Judd

“The topic areas covered provided me with technical knowledge on areas of tax which I could apply to real life situations.”

Geoff Tierney, CTA, ESV Chartered Accountants

“The fact that active and highly experienced practitioners are teaching the course content has been invaluable to me.”

Erin Shields, Dixon Advisory

 

Entry requirements and learning outcomes

The Tax Agents Program provides the knowledge to deal with common compliance issues and skills to keep pace with the changing tax landscape as well as prepare you for your tax agent licence.

Who is this for?

The Tax Agents Program is ideal for those looking to start with entry level skills and enable them to perform common, advanced and complex tax compliance tasks while meeting the education requirements to become a registering tax agent.

Entry requirements

  • 1. hold current membership of The Tax Institute1
  • 2. meet English language requirements if the language of instruction for your 6 years of high school qualifications was not English.

1. [A discounted membership is available at the time of enrolment for all new members. Membership fees attract GST. Membership will expire on 30 June. Find out more about membership benefits and resources]

Subjects and study modes

Subjects

Course in Australian Taxation Law

Course in Commercial Law

Modes of study

Face-to-face study

Face-to-face study allows candidates to attend lectures once every 2 or 3 weeks at CBD venues in mainland capital cities, and some regional locations (subject to minimum numbers).

Distance study

Distance study utilises group web/teleconference tutorials every 2-3 weeks.

**Intensive study

The intensive study format is typically held over a reduced 6 week period through Distance study. Candidates receive all the regular resources and access to pre-recorded webinar/teleconference tutorials.
**Intensive only available for ATL001 CTA1 Foundations

Assessment-only study

Assessment-only study allows candidates to accelerate their studies by progressing directly to the assessments for the subject based on prior study, qualifications and experience.

Candidates will only receive access to past exam papers and online checkpoint tests prior to the exam.

Enrolment inclusions

Resources made available to a candidates (excluding assessment-only study) are:

  • access to an online learning portal
  • study materials,
  • additional resources from the subject sponsors, such as Wolters Kluwer CCH and Thomson Reuters
  • recorded webinars
  • online checkpoint tests
  • past exam papers (where applicable)
  • email access to a subject convenor for technical questions
  • assessment preparation resources
  • research skills webinar
  • support from trained subject coordinators.

Recognition

Tax profession and employer

The Tax Institute is a not-for profit membership-based organisation which has been supporting and educating the tax profession for over 70 years. With over 12,000 members ranging from graduates to tax experts in the Big 4, mid-tier and SME firms, The Tax Institute is known as Australia’s leading educator and professional association in tax.

All subjects are designed and delivered by leaders in the tax field, providing candidates with flexible and applicable knowledge which can be used immediately in the workforce. As a higher education provider, our subjects hold recognition with other learning institutes, the Tax Practitioners Board, and other accounting and international bodies.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

RPL is a process for providing candidates credit for prior learning gained from The Tax Institute’s accredited education provider register. To apply for RPL, please complete the RPL form. 1

If you believe that your subject is the equivalent of one of The Tax Institute’s subjects, but it is not on the register list, please contact the Education Adviser team for further information about your RPL application.

Advanced standing

Advanced standing is a process of transferring credits from subjects you have previously completed with The Tax Institute. To apply for advanced standing, please complete the advanced standing form.

1. [Please note from 1 February 2016, all RPL applications will incur a fee per application.]

Your tax professional instructors

Tom O'Sullivan, Subject convenor

Tom O'Sullivan, Subject convenor

Tom is a tax lead at Wolters Kluwer, CCH. Tom writes for the Australian Federal Tax Reporter, Australian Master Tax Guide, and other leading tax publications.

Harry Rigney, Subject convenor

Harry Rigney, Subject convenor

Harry is a lawyer, accredited as a specialist in taxation law. Harry has been a registered tax agent since 1982 and a member of The Tax Institute for more than 25 years.

Timetable

Fees

Tax Agent Program1
New member fee2 $320
Subject fee3 $1,650

View our education policies

1. [To enrol in an education subject it is a requirement to become a member of The Tax Institute. Studying with The Tax Institute is available to members. Non-members will be required to join at time of enrolment. Membership fee covers the period through June the following year and is valued at $489. If required to be a voting member, you can upgrade for free (valued at $195). Member fees attract GST and price quoted is inclusive of GST.]
2. [Subject fees do not attract GST. CTA3 attracts GST. CTA3 fees are inclusive of GST. Subject fee is in relation to face-to-face, distance and intensive study modes.]
3. [Applies per subject if enrolling before the early bird close date (except for assessment only study mode and CTA1 Foundations Intensive SP1 and SP2). Please note: Key dates and fees are subject to change without notice.]