Diploma in Taxation

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps



Click here to view provisional September 2018 timetable.

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


To be awarded the Diploma in Taxation, a student will be required to complete a written assignment (100%).

Programme Content

Tax basics

The Irish tax system, the UK tax system, comparison.

Income tax I

Persons liable (individuals, trustees, personal representatives), residence, domicile, ordinary residence, non-residents, income tax computation.

Income tax II

Single, married, assessment; employment income, benefit in kind, trading income, capital allowances, losses, rental income, rental losses, deductions against total income (Health expenses, BES, film relief), personal tax credits, other tax credits, dealing in residential land,self-assessment, surcharge.


What is PRSI? Employed contributors, reckonable earnings, PRSI classes, self-employed contributors, reckonable income PRSI classes, health levy.

Capital Gains Tax (CGT)

Persons liable (individuals, trustees, personal representatives), residence, domicile, ordinary residence, non-residents, CGT computation, deductible expenses (acquisition, disposal), annual exemption, allowable losses, retirement relief, principal private residence relief, transfer of business to a company, self-assessment, surcharge.

Corporation Tax I

Persons liable (companies), company residence, foreign companies trading in Ireland,
transferring a business to a company, putting property in a company, extracting profits from a company.

Corporation Tax II

Corporation tax computation, capital allowances, charges, film investment, renewable energy relief, dealing in residential land, tax credits, self-assessment, surcharge.

Value-added Tax (VAT)

Persons who must register, VAT rates, exemptions, VAT on property transactions, VAT computation.Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT) Persons liable, CAT computation, exemptions, valuation date, market value, deductible costs,incumbrance-free value, taxable value, agricultural relief, business relief, small gift exemption, self-assessment.

Stamp Duties

Documents and transactions liable, computing your stamp duty, intergroup transfers,
reconstructions and amalgamations, young trained farmers, residential sites, transfers
between relatives, Stampable amount, rates of duty, relief for blood relatives, subsales.


Income tax, corporation tax, CGT, VAT, CAT, stamp duties.


Regulation of charities, charitable purposes, acquiring exemption.

Marital breakdown

General issues, tax consequences.Revenue Audits.


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


October and February.

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 and a Diploma in Wealth Management. 


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


Awarding Body: 
Dublin Business School
Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-8.30pm
Intake: September & February
Duration: 14 weeks Part-time

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2018. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm