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Business Taxation

Kurs ID
Art des Kurses
BSc Kurs
FS 2024
Juniorprof. Dr. Lisa Hillmann
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The aim of the course "Business Taxation" is to give an introduction to the topic of taxation of corporations, individuals, and businesses and to deepen the understanding of how taxes affect business decisions. The course, for example, deals with the effect of taxes on investment decisions, financing decisions, the choice of the organizational form, and mergers and acquisitions. The lecture focuses on concepts that can be applied to different tax systems around the world. After successfully participating in the course "Business Taxation", participants understand the role of taxes in key business decisions and are able to apply the concepts to practical problems. The course content comprises, for example:

1. Fundamentals of income and corporate taxation

  • US tax law
  • German tax law
  • Taxation of partnerships and corporations

2. Taxation and business decisions

  • Partnerships: The after-tax ‘Standard Model’
  • Corporations: Corporate tax systems
  • Investment and payout decisions of corporations
  • Influence of loss offset rules

3. Neutral income tax systems

  • Cash-flow tax
  • Allowance for corporate equity tax
  • Taxation of economic profits

4. International taxation

  • Double tax relief mechanism
  • Measuring corporate tax avoidance
  • Cross-border profit shifting

Additional information for WHU students:

This course is part of the module "Business Taxation" that comprises two parts. First, the lecture "Business Taxation" by Assistant Professor Dr. Lisa Hillmann gives an introduction to tax planning. To deepen the understanding of these concepts, the second part of the module is based on case studies. The course "Cases in Business Taxation" is taught by Sven Westphälinger, Partner at KPMG.

The grading of the course is based on the final exam (90 min).

As this course is part of the module "Business Taxation", the overall grade for the module is based on the exam for the lecture "Business Taxation" (50%) and the course "Cases in Business Taxation" (50%).

Date Time
Monday, 08.01.2024 08:00 - 11:15
Tuesday, 09.01.2024 08:00 - 11:15
Monday, 22.01.2024 08:00 - 11:15
Monday, 29.01.2024 08:00 - 11:15
Friday, 09.02.2024 08:00 - 11:15
Thursday, 15.02.2024 08:00 - 11:15
Friday, 23.02.2024 09:00 - 10:30
Participants understand the role of taxes in key business decisions and are able to apply the concepts to practical problems.
Scholes, Myron S. / Wolfson, Mark A. et al.: Taxes and Business Strategy. A Planning Approach, 5th ed., 2015. Schanz, Deborah / Schanz, Sebastian: Business Taxation and Financial Decisions, 2011. (downloadable at Springerlink)
Lectures, exercises
There are no prerequisites for this course.
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