Master of Taxation
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 Master of Taxation

 Graduate Studies

Next Available Intake

 January 2015


Application Closing Date

31 August 2014

 

Tuition Fee

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(You may apply for the January 2015 intake starting from 15 July 2014.​)​​​
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Programme Overview


To contribute to SIM University's (UniSIM) mission "to provide opportunities for professionals and working adult learners to upgrade their qualifications, knowledge and skills" and to bring together the expertise of professionals, scholars and researchers in tax, corporate reporting and company law, the School of Business is offering the Master of Taxation (MTax) programme in collaboration with the Tax Academy of Singapore (TA).
 
TA was established by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), the Law Society of Singapore, and the Big-4 international accounting firms.
 
The Master of Taxation (MTax) programme aims to provide tax professionals and adults learners with advanced training in taxation law and current practices. It also aims to contribute to the continuous professional education (CPE) of tax specialists by offering courses that cover current developments and changes in taxation law and corporate reporting.
 
 
Our Aims
  • To provide training in Tax Policy, Legal Framework, Singapore Individual and Corporate Income Tax, Tax Treaties, Transfer Pricing, International Tax Planning and Goods and Services Tax.
  • To equip practitioners with a deeper and broader knowledge of the fundamentals of international taxation, capabilities very important to a tax practitioner in an open economy such as Singapore.
  • To provide practitioners a wider frame of reference when looking at taxation. Taxatino does not exist in a vacuum, and the practice of taxation directly or indirectly involves wider considerations such as corporate governance, corporate reporting and the general economy.
 
 
​Applicants should be Singapore citizens, permanent residents or residents in Singapore. In addition, you will need to meet these minimum requirements:
  • An undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution (applicants applying for the Taxation programme may offer professional qualifications - eg: ACCA,CPA (Sing), CPA (Aust) in lieu of a degree.
  • Good communication skills (written and spoken English)
  • At least two years of work experience preferably in taxation
  • 21 years and above​ ​
  • A high level of motivation

Shortlisted candidates may be required to undergo one or more interviews and/or take such written admission or other evaluation tests as may be prescribed by SIM University from time to time.

The offer of admission is dependent on the number of places available in individual programmes.

The decision of the Admissions Committee of SIM University is final and binding. SIM University reserves the right to refuse admission and is not obliged to offer an explanation for the non-admission of unsuccessful candidates.​
Full MTax stream
Graduates from the programme are required to complete 60 credit units consisting of:
  • 20 credit units being 4 core Taxation Framework and Practice courses
  • 15 credit units being 3 courses of tax-related topics
  • 25 credit units being 5 courses on International Taxation

The Taxation Framework and Practice covers Singapore taxation, and introduces the student to elements of International Taxation, and is completed by taking the Advanced Tax Programme ("ATP") of the Tax Academy. Students registering with UniSIM who have not completed the ATP will be transferred as MTax students to the Tax Academy under existing arrangements with the Academy under existing arrangements with the Academy to complete the first 20 credits. Students who have already completed the ATP will proceed directly to take the remaining courses.

The 3 courses on Tax-related topics set taxation in the wider context of the general economy, general corporate reporting, and corporate governance.

The last 5 courses focus on International Taxation, an important element in any tax practice especially in a globalised economy such as Singapore's.

Students will normally be expected to complete the ATP before taking the UniSIM courses. If they have not completed the ATP, they can still apply to UniSIM, and if accepted, they will be transferred to the Tax Academy to complete the ATP first, and then return in the following year to complete the UniSIM modules.  In exceptional cases such as students with tax experience, they may be permitted to begin the UniSIM courses prior to taking the ATP. However, they will only graduate upon completing the ATP.

 
Modular Option
Candidates who do not wish to, or are not sure of committing to a full masters programme can choose to attempt the course on a modular basis where candidates register and attempt each module on a module-by-module basis. Acceptance on each module depends on the availability of seats for the class, with full MTax students having priority, and also on the student demonstrating sufficient background to follow the course. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to candidates who successfully complete the assessment for each module.

 
Continuing Professional Education
This is also suitable for those who only wish to take a module purely for the purpose of continuing professional education and not for examination purposes.

Candidates who attend the modules but opt to not present themselves for examinations will receive Certificates of Attendance.

Click here to apply for the post graduate certification course.

 
Courses are delivered in a seminar style workshop with a mix of lectures, lab work, case studies, and individual and group projects. All courses will be conducted by a mix of academics and practitioners.

Occasionally, seminars by local experts will be organised. To graduate with a Master of Taxation degree, a participant must attain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.

 

Course Schedule:
​This programme aims to provide tax professionals and adult learners with advanced training in taxation law and current practices to keep up with the ever-changing trend. It also aims to contribute to the continuous professional education (CPE) of tax specialists by offering courses that cover current developments and changes in taxation law, corporate reporting and tax-related research methods.​​
​Graduates from this programme can expect to be open to a large range of job opportunities as almost all companies and industries will require tax professionals. They would find employment in the tax offices of large companies and MNCs, and provide tax advice in consulting firms, law firms and audit firms. They would also be useful working in IRAS.​

Concession

SIM University offers the following course fee concessions:
  • applicants who are 60 years old and above will enjoy 20% course fee concession.
  • applicants who are graduates (at Master's or Bachelor's level) of the Singapore Institute of Management and SIM University will enjoy 20% course fee concession.

Students will enjoy only one of the two categories of concession. The above concessions are applicable to all programmes offered by SIM University unless specified otherwise. They are not applicable to students under the UniSIM scholarship and sponsorship schemes, as well ascourses offered with external institutions/organisations. Eligible students will enjoy the course fee concession in addition to any government subsidy that they are eligible for. However, the concessions are not to be used concurrently with any other concessions.
  
Concession for First Two Courses
To encourage further education and upgrading by alumni, UniSIM Alumni (graduates of Bachelor or Master degrees awarded by UniSIM) will also enjoy an additional 30% course fee concession for the first two courses when they enrol for a Master degree programme. The enhanced course fee concession scheme will take effect from the January 2012 semester. The enhance course fee concession scheme is subjected to the following:
  • Alumni must not be receiving any company sponsorships or scholarships.
  • There will be no cap on the number of Master programmes. However, alumni must fulfill all requirements for the conferment of the current Master programme before being eligible for the enhanced course fee concession for the next Master programme.
  • Alumni enrolled into the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) e.g. the Master in Social Work Programme, and who received funding will be eligible for the enhanced concession should they proceed to the Master programme upon completion of the Postgraduate Diploma. 
  • Alumni taking vendor and partner programmes will not be eligible for the enhanced course fee conession.
  • Alumni who transfer to another Master programme (TOP) mid way will not enjoy the enhanced course fee concession of 50% again for the Master programme which they are transferring to.