Pioneering online tax course launched

Online tax course
Paul Taylor (L) CPA Australia, signs Memorandum with Prof Margaret Woods and Prof George Feiger

29 August 2014

Aston University and CPA Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to launch an on-line distance learningcourse in UK taxation. 

The course, which is suitable for graduates from any discipline, is designed to strengthen professional standards in taxation and increase development opportunities for UK based graduates wishing to sit the CPA Australia program.    

It provides a detailed introduction to key concepts of the UK taxation system, allowing students to prepare and interpret tax documentation for UK business and individuals. It is also suitable for those holding a professional accounting qualification who require an update on UK tax law. 

Margaret Woods, Professor of Accounting and Risk Management at Aston Business School said the signing of the MOU with CPA Australia marked a continued commitment towards providing educational opportunities directly relevant to business professionals.

“This specialist course places great emphasis on real world corporate and personal taxation reporting issues and practices, as well as reflection on the growing international movement to prevent tax evasion and avoidance by large multinational organisations and wealthy individuals. 

Aston is the first and only UK university to sign such an agreement, through which we will provide post graduate distance learning courses in UK tax for both CPA student members and the CPD training of ex-pat CPA members,” said Professor Woods.

The module covers a wide range of taxes including corporation, sole trader, partnerships, VAT and capital gains tax.    

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Professor George Feiger, Executive Dean Aston Business School and Paul Taylor General Manager of Europe CPA Australia. 

Further details of the on-line course are available here 


Notes to Editors: 

Aston Business School 

Aston Business School is renowned for the quality of its teaching, research and its supportive environment. The School provides students with an inspirational educational experience offering them rapid career progression in international business.
Situated in Birmingham, England’s second city, ABS attracts leading academics and key thinkers from all over the world to create a forward-thinking environment. With strong business links, these inspirational surroundings help to provide society with future business leaders capable of competing in the global marketplace.

About CPA Australia

Founded in 1886 CPA Australia is the global accounting body for strategic business leaders and is one of the world’s largest professional accounting bodies representing more than 150,000 members in 127 countries.  CPA Australia advances its members’ interests through its focus on education and knowledge exchange, the development of professional networks, advocacy in relation to policy, standards and regulation and the promotion of value of CPA Australia members to employers, government, regulators and the public. The CPA Australia designation denotes strategic business leadership and is recognised and valued throughout the world. 

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