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If you provide advice about financial liabilities, obligations or entitlements for a fee, you are required to meet the requirements of the Tax Agent Services Regulations (TASR). This subject provides an approved pathway to compliance with your new obligations.

Financial planners advise on a wide range of opportunities for clients. Superannuation, investments, savings, estate planning, insurance, debt management - and more.

Each of these have a tax implication. if you provide professional financial advice, and have a role in ascertaining or advising about liabilities, obligations or entitlements for a fee, you must become a tax agent.

Tax Law for Financial Planning meets the requirements you need to comply, and covers key topics such as the tax treatment of different entities, CGT rules and capital gains tax (CGT) events, fringe benefits, superannuation and tax anti-avoidance provisions.

1300 TAX EDU
(1300 829 338)

6 credit points
30 CPD hours
13 weeks
corporate enrolments


Complete the TPB approved Subject in Tax for Financial Advising


Pathway to Tax (Financial) Adviser status


Available via assessment-only option

"The CTA1 balances technical material and practical application, bridging academia with the practice of tax law."

Rachel Vijayaraj, ATI, Associate, 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, Special Counsel, Damien Greer

"The Tax Institute provides you with skills to succeed in the workforce."

Angel Zhang, Graduate Tax Accountant, Grant Thornton

"The issues which candidates are exposed to are delivered in a straightforward way and mirror real life issues which candidates will face on a day to day basis."

Patrick Catena, FTI, Accountant, CTA2A lecturer

"[The Tax Institute] teaches not only theory, but also emphasises application, in contexts encountered by practitioners on a day-to-day basis."

Nicholas Trotter, FTI, Consultant, Griffith Hack

"The CTA2 demonstrates a keen interest in tax and that’s what employers look for."

Tony Underhill, CTA, Principal - Tax, Grant Thornton Australia


Learning outcomes

Tax Law for Financial Advising is designed to develop your understanding of the fundamental in tax and the implications and legal obligations as a financial adviser.

Who is this for?

  • certified financial planner
  • registration requirements for a tax agent licence
  • registration requirements for a tax (financial) adviser licence
  • tax and financial advisers.

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]

Learning outcomes

On completion of Tax Law for Financial Advising you will be able to, but not limited to,explain the tax treatment of a variety of client types and applying superannuation and Capital Gains Tax while applying the ethics, responsibilities and duties of a tax professional.

Subject structure


  • Tax Agents Services Act (TASA) 2009 and The Code Of Professional Conduct
  • part IVA anti-avoidance and promoter penalty
  • tax administration awareness
  • tax concepts
  • taxation of structures
  • goods and services tax awareness
  • capital gains tax
  • fringe benefits tax and salary sacrificing
  • superannuation

Modes of study

Distance study

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

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 candidate (excluding assessment-only study) are:

  • access to an online learning portal
  • study materials (hard and soft copy)
  • access to The Tax Institute’s TASA 2009 and the Code of Professional Conduct online module
  • 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 checkpoint tests 50% 50%
Exam 50% 50%

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


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.]


Please contact our Business Development Manager by email or phone (02) 8223 0069 for further information about our corporate pricing and enrolments.



Tax Law for Financial Advising1
New member fee2 $300
Subject fee3 $1,650

View our structured education policies

1. [Prices are per subject.]
2. [To enrol in an education subject it is a requirement to become a member of The Tax Institute. All new members will receive Affiliate membership valued at $454.00 upon enrolment (Fellow membership required for CTA3 Advisory) until June 30 in the subsequent calendar year. You are also eligible to upgrade to voting membership valued at $649.00 for no additional cost if you meet the required membership eligibility criteria. Attracts GST, price quoted is GST inclusive.]
3. [Subjects accredited within the Graduate Diploma do not attract GST.]