Students following this course are recommended to have completed at least one year of university education (not necessarily in law). We expect the students to have a good proficiency in English both orally and in writing.
Tax systems are the foundations upon which societies function and prosper. The ultimate objective and outcome of a tax system is found in its contribution to financing the state.
Once a tax system is successfully designed and implemented, it should not be taken for granted that the system remains successful over time. On the contrary, tax systems are subject to, and part of societal change. The design and implementation of tax systems have changed throughout history, triggered by innovations like writing itself, bookkeeping, the computer and the Internet. Each of these changes has impacted the efficiency, effectiveness and fairness of taxation processes. Today, digital innovations are driving societal and economical transformations resulting in a range of challenges to tax systems.
During this course we study the development of tax systems focusing on digitalization. We start by developing a holistic understanding of tax systems. Tax systems can be studied, among others, from legal, financial and behavioral perspectives. In this course the administrative and governance perspective prevails. Once we gain a vigorous understanding of what tax systems are, we proceed to the second part of the course during which we will study specific challenges to current tax systems triggered by contemporary digital innovations.
Objectives of the course
The objective of the course is to develop an understanding of how modern tax systems evolve in relation to social and economic changes driven by digitalization and to be able to identify and analyze the opportunities and challenges that emerge from it.
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:
By the end of the course, the student can delineate social and technological developments that are currently pressing on tax systems.
The student can differentiate which domains of a tax system (as identified during the course) are affected and explain the impact in relation to specific social or economical developments resulting from digitalization.
The student can present an analysis and argument both verbally and in writing.
Mode of instruction
Other methods of instruction
Number of meetings: 7 x 3 hours combined lecture and seminar (consisting of theory, stakeholder guest lectures and student panel discussions).
Names of instructors: Prof.dr.ir. R. Arendsen, J.I.W. Lock LL.M MSc
Guest speakers: TBA via Brightspace
Required preparation by students: Required reading, Assignments (see Brightspace)
Practical assignment with compulsory participation
Percentage of final (calculated) grade: 20%, consisting of preparatory assignments for, and participation in, class (panel) discussions
Resit: resit is not possible, failed partial grades or components should be compensated by passed partial grades or components
Carry forward: no. If the practical assignment is passed but the final (calculated) grade is below 5,5 the grade of the practical assignment expires at the end of the academic year in which it was graded
Percentage of final (calculated) grade: 80%
Resit: resit of the final paper is possible if the calculated grade (of the practical assignment and final paper) is below 5,5. The calculated grade must be at least 5,5 to pass the course. It is not possible to re-sit a partial grade or component once you have passed the course.
Carry forward: yes, one year. If the paper is passed but the final (calculated) grade is below 5,5 the grade of the paper remains valid until the end of the academic year following the academic year in which it was graded. After that, the grade expires
Depending on the number of students, we may choose to make the exam an oral exam instead of a written exam.
Timely submission via Brightspace.
Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.
Obligatory course materials
- Selection of articles and reports (announced via Brightspace)
Check the website under “course and exam enrollment” for information on how to register for the course.
Coordinator: Prof.dr.ir. R. Arendsen
Work address: KOG, Steenschuur 25, Room B211 (secretariat Tax Law)
Contact information: email@example.com
Telephone number: +31 71 527 7840
Institute: Institute of Tax Law and Economics
Department: Tax Law
Room number secretary: B211
Opening hours: 09:00-17:00
Telephone number secretary: +31 (0) 71 527 8574 / +31 (0) 71 527 7840
In case of (corona)restrictions imposed by the government, this course description is subject to change.