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An ageing population, complicated family relationships, tax legislation and longer lifespans create a complex landscape for managing and distributing wealth. This subject arms you with the skills to understand the tax laws, evaluate the implications, compare strategies and produce client advice.

As the population ages - and lives for longer - issues of how to transfer, manage and protect wealth become ever more complicated. Trusted advisers are needed to help families and individuals address implications and strategies.

Tax for Trusts, Estate Planning and Wealth Management is your insight into the skills and knowledge you need to successfully plan, deliver and advise clients on a range of issues.

Delivered by the expert voted 2015 Best in Australia for Superannuation Tax Issues (Acquisition International tax Awards), this subject will help you compare, assess and communicate the tax implications of wealth accumulation and management.

Scroll to bottom of page for more information on:

  • Entry requirements and learning outcomes
  • Modules, study modes and assessment
  • Recognition
  • Your tax professional instructor
  • Timetable
  • Fees
Subject Code: ATL008
Credit points: 6
CPD: 30 hours
Cost: $1,690
Delivery: blended learning
Study Per Week: 10 hours
Study Length: 12 weeks
Level: Advanced
Study Periods: 2 per year

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Elective subject in the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law


Gain skills that are directly applicable to the workplace


Deepen knowledge of this specialist area

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Entry requirements and learning outcomes

ATL008 Tax for Trusts in Estate Planning and Wealth Management gives you the skills to advise clients on a range of strategies, and is an essential for any practitioner needing to understand even the most complex tax matters relating to trusts and estates.

Who is this for?

  • anyone who has completed a core subject as part of the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law
  • certified Financial Planners (CFP™)
  • CPA and CA qualified accountants
  • corporate tax specialised professional
  • financial advisers
  • lawyers
  • lawyers who wish to specialise in estate planning
  • tax professional advising high net worth clients.

Entry requirements

  • 1. hold current membership of The Tax Institute1
  • 2. hold an Australian degree or diploma in:
    • a. accounting; or
    • b. commerce; or
    • c. finance; or
    • d. law; with
    • e. tax or commercial law subjects
  • 3. have completed CTA1 Foundations, CTA2A Advanced and CTA2B Advanced subjects, or an equivalent qualification from The Tax Institute’s accredited education provider register
  • 4. meet English language requirements if the language of instruction for your 6 years of high school qualifications was not English
  • 5. have at least 12 months’ relevant Australian tax or tax law experience.

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]

Learning outcomes

On completion of ATL008 Tax for Trusts in Estate Planning and Wealth Management you will be able to, but not limited to, outline, examine and apply the key tax law which apply to the estate planning process and the ability to explain the implications of choosing various estate or succession planning strategies to clients.

Modules, study modes and assessment


  • ITAA framework for estate planning
  • trust income and expenses in planned estates
  • cost and benefits of estate planning choices
  • capital growth in planned estates
  • trusts income and expenses: case studies
  • capital growth in planned estates: case studies
  • risk assessment and management in estate planning

Modes of study

Blended learning

A flexible learning approach using an online learning platform supported by live Q&A sessions with a subject matter expert.

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.

Self-paced learning

The self-paced learning allows practitioners to study at their own pace, in their own time. While not formally recognised as part of the Graduate Diploma of Applied Tax Law, this interactive program will equip participants with the knowledge to undertake the assessment-only option for this subject.

Enrolment inclusions

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

  • access to an online learning portal
  • study materials (soft copy)
  • access to Legal Research and Reasoning Course
  • online access to Marks’ Trusts & Estates: Taxation and Practice,3rd Edition
  • access to key chapters from Estate & Business Succession Planning, 7th Edition
  • access to The Tax Institute’s TASA 2009 and the Code of Professional Conduct online module
  • complimentary subscription to The Tax Institute’s Tax Knowledge eXchange for the duration of the subject
  • recorded webinars
  • past exam papers (where applicable)
  • email access to the subject convenor for technical questions
  • access to a Tax Research session to build research skills
  • access to effective business writing skills module
  • support from trained subject coordinators.

Assessment structure

Assessment taskPass markWeighting
Online module quizzes 50% 10%
Exam (3 hours) 50% 40%
2,500 - 3,000 word assignment 50% 50%

Please note that all assessment tasks must be passed in order to complete the subject.

Recognition of prior learning and advanced standing

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) 

RPL is a process for providing candidates credit for learning or qualifications completed before your enrolment with The Tax Institute. 

To apply for RPL (fee $165), please complete the RPL form. Evidence of your qualifications will need to be provided with this 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 (no fee applies), please complete the advanced standing form. 

Your tax professional instructor

Harry Rigney, Subject convenor

Harry Rigney, Subject convenor

Harry has specialised since 1981 in taxation research, advising and the implementation of taxation solutions. He holds a Diploma in Education from the University of Adelaide, First Honours Law degree from University of Tasmania and degree of Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. Harry has been a registered tax agent since 1982 and a member of The Tax Institute for more than 30 years.

Harry is a lawyer, admitted as solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of the ACT. He is regarded as a specialist in the law of commerce, tax and investment.

His experience has been developed through senior positions in professional firms, with responsibilities in achieving national quality assurance standards for firm-wide taxation consulting and compliance.

His background includes several years as national tax director for PKF, senior tax manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers and, at the commencement of the capital gains tax and fringe benefits tax regime, a spell as special taxation consultant to a predecessor firm to KPMG.

Harry has formally taught taxation and related law at University of Adelaide, Queensland University of Technology, Central Queensland University, University of New England and University of Queensland, with course preparation for ATAX at University of New South Wales.

Harry is often recognised in international awards for his achievements in Australian law.



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Tax for Trusts in Estate Planning and Wealth Management1
New member fee2 $340
Subject fee3 $1,690

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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, blended learning 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.]