Diploma in Taxation

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Diploma in Taxation at DBS



Taxation is an inescapable fact of life. Knowledge of taxation can deliver lifelong benefits, saving thousands of euro annually. The Irish tax code, running to several thousand pages, is complex and a minefield to the unwary. Students of the Diploma in Taxation will be expertly guided through the various taxes and shown the various tips that can save money, and traps that can cost money.

Programme Aims and Objectives

On completion of the programme students should have acquired the skills to:

  • Calculate tax liabilities for individuals and companies

  • Appraise multiple tax related scenarios

  • Identify tax saving opportunities


Click here to view provisional timetable.


To meet the requirements of the Diploma in Taxation, a student will be required to complete a written case study based assignment (25%) and an in-class assessment (75%) at the end of the programmes. 

Please note this programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Programme Content

This programme will cover all the main tax heads including Income Tax, Corporation Tax, Value-Added Tax, Capital Acquisitions Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Stamp Duty.

Tax Basics

Introduction to the Irish Taxation System, the main sources of tax law and structure of the Revenue Commissioners.

Taxation of the Individual

Persons liable to income tax (Residence, Ordinary Residence and Domicile), the Territorial scope of Income Tax, Scheduler System for taxing various sources of income including rental income, investment income, employment income, benefit in- kind. Reliefs available, tax credits, standard rate cut-off point. Pensions, PRSI and USC. Income tax computations, self-assessment system and preparation of Income Tax Return.

Taxation of Married Couples, Civil Partners and Cohabitants

Tax treatment of married couples, civil partners and cohabitants. Single assessment, joint assessment and separate assessment. Tax treatment in year of marriage/civil partnership, year of death of spouse/partner. Consequences of marital breakdown and separation.

Taxation of a Sole-Trader

The taxation of persons operating as a business. How to register for tax, basis of assessment, business expenses, relief available for losses. Relief available for capital expenditure. Income tax computation and preparation of return.

Capital Gains Tax (CGT)

Persons liable to CGT (Residence, Ordinary Residence, Domicile). Territorial scope of CGT. Identification of disposals subject to CGT. Development Land and Shares. Exemptions and Reliefs available (annual allowance, Retirement Relief, Principal Private Residence, Transfer of a Business and other reliefs available). How CGT applies to Married and Civil Partners and CGT treatment of separated and divorced couples. Pay and File System for CGT, calculation of CGT and preparation of CGT Return.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

Persons who must register for VAT, VAT Rates, VAT on Property, VAT Exemptions. VAT computations and Returns.

Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT)

Gifts and Inheritances liable to CAT. Exemptions (Group Thresholds, Dwelling House Relief, Agricultural Relief, Business Relief, Favourite Nephew Relief, Charities, Retirement Benefits, Gifts from Self). Clawback Provisions. Pay and File system for CAT, Calculation of CAT due and preparation of CAT Return.

Taxation of a Company (Corporation Tax)

Decision to transfer a business to a company. Liability to Irish Corporation Tax (company
residence). Taxation of business profits (trading/other receipts), deductibility of expenses, relief for capital expenditure. Losses and trade charges. Tax treatment of capital gains. Close company and surcharge. Corporation Tax groups. Tax treatment of trading overseas. Corporation tax computation, Pay and File system and preparation of returns. Filing of mandatory accounts and iXBRL. Key dates and consequences of late returns.

Stamp Duty

Documents and transactions liable to stamp duty. Reliefs and exemptions (de-minimus relief, transactions between spouses and cohabitants, consanguinity relief, intra-group transfers, reconstructions and amalgamations). Stampable amount, key payment dates and preparation of Stamp Duty Return.


The programme will run one evening per week from 6.15pm-8.30pm for 14 weeks.  


Click here to view provisional timetable.

Career Progression Opportunities

The programme will be beneficial to those participants and business owners wishing to acquire knowledge of the fundamentals of taxation.

Student Profile

Typically, students who have participated on the programme have included business owners, investors, solicitors, accountants, and other professionals. It is also beneficial to those employed in a financial advisory role.

Further Study Options

For students interested in further study to degree level, they may wish to progress to any of the Evening Business Degree programmes at DBS. DBS also offers a Diploma in
Investment & Capital  Markets. 


The fee for this Diploma is €1,500 .This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins. 

View all DBS Evening Diploma fees here.

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

DBS Student Facilities

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS.
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies. 
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills.
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre.
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

Next Steps

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Course overview

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Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-8.30pm
Next Intake: February 2024
Duration: 14 weeks Part-time

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