LL4CH Half Unit
Taxation of Transactions
This information is for the 2023/24 session.
Dr Alexandra Evans
This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time) and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
This course has a limited number of places and demand is typically high. This may mean that you’re not able to get a place on this course.
How do you present a successful legal argument? How do judges choose between plausible but alternative legal arguments put by counsel? How strategic is the state when litigating? Why does the state win so frequently in tax cases? How useful are data science/artificial intelligence approaches, including text mining previous decisions, in informing litigation? This course will address these and similar questions in the context of VAT/GST litigation in the UK, EU and Australia.
Students will thus develop both an understanding of the social science literature on litigation, along with an understanding of VAT law: not merely learning the rules but developing a critical understanding of their application.
The substantive VAT law content of this course will vary year-to-year, as it will aim to draw on disputes presently before the courts and tribunals to give students the opportunity to observe and consider litigated cases. Topics covered are likely to include the scope of VAT and the charge to tax, the taxable person, supply and consideration, valuation, VAT registration, tax points, the right to deduct, place of transactions, reliefs and exemptions and accounting for and administration of VAT.
This course will have two hours of teaching content each week in Autumn Term. There will be a Reading Week in Week 6.
Students are expected to submit one 2,000 word formative essay or an equivalent assignment.
Detailed reading lists will be provided during the course via Moodle.
Recommended preliminary reading:
- Hartley Foster, “VAT – The Foundations” (Chapter 50) in Anne Fairpo and David Salter (eds), Revenue Law: Principles and Practice (Bloomsbury Professional, 2019)
- Daniel Kessler, Thomas Meites, and Geoffrey Miller. "Explaining deviations from the fifty-percent rule: A multimodal approach to the selection of cases for litigation." The Journal of Legal Studies 25.1 (1996): 233-259.
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the spring exam period.
Department: Law School
Total students 2022/23: 3
Average class size 2022/23: 3
Controlled access 2022/23: Yes
Value: Half Unit
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