Tax Law online short course

Starts on 27 February 2017
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Course information

8 weeks online
7 - 10 hours
R14,900 | Options available
University of Cape Town (UCT)

Course Information

8 weeks online
7 - 10 hours
R14,900 | Options available
University of Cape Town (UCT)


According to the 2016 budget speech: tax revenues are projected to decrease by R11,6 billion; corporate tax by R13 billion; VAT by R5,7 billion; and personal income tax by R1,9 billion.

What does this mean for you, your employer, your clients, or your business?

In just 8 weeks, you can expect to learn about the various types of tax, including income tax and capital gains tax; your legal rights and requirements as a taxpayer; how the VAT process works; how to deal with tax disputes; how different business entities are treated in terms of tax; and how to demystify the world of tax administration.

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What will set you apart

After completing the UCT Tax Law online short course, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Turn your business into a tax efficient entity, aligned with current legislation
  • Prove you’re more than your job description by offering sound tax advice or assistance to your employer, clients or stakeholders
  • Ensure your business or employer doesn’t fall into hot water when it comes to paying tax, by being able to resolve and deal with tax disputes and communicate the legal implications of tax fraud and evasion

Course curriculum

This online short course in tax law is designed to help you have an immediate impact on your business's tax function. Each week you’ll tackle a new module, giving you maximum flexibility to work in your own free time.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: An introduction to South African tax
  • Course Module 2: Personal income tax
  • Course Module 3: Business income tax
  • Course Module 4: Capital gains tax
  • Course Module 5: Taxation of trusts
  • Course Module 6: Other taxes
  • Course Module 7: Value added tax
  • Course Module 8: Tax administration

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

On completion of this course you earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.


Your success team

In collaboration with the world's top-tier universities, we design online short courses around the insights of experienced faculty members and authoritative industry experts. On the course, you can expect to learn from these specialists via online video lectures, which will be accessible to you anywhere, any time.

Readiness test

This Readiness Test will help you assess your preparedness for this course by asking you a few quick questions relating to time management, technological requirements, your expectations, and the subject matter level - to help you confirm that this online course is the right fit for you.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts on 27 February 2017.
Too soon for you? Register now for the next presentation that starts on 29 May 2017

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GetSmarter’s learning model is designed to help you as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

At the beginning of each week you’ll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion.

You also have access to your Course Coach who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses shorter than nine weeks. For courses nine weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available.

If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for, please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you’ll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

Why wouldn’t you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if itʼs going to have an impact on the way you do business?

37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how.


The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you’ll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

On the Online Campus, you’ll also be able to ask questions, interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you’re experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Course Coach, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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