Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) offers Postgraduate Diploma in Taxation Course to meet the needs of the Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS). The course is meant to address key competencies critical to taxation officials’ performance.
The programme gives taxation officers an indepth knowledge of the taxation process. The emphasis of the course is to get the students to know the country’s taxation rules enough to apply them in the work place.
Eligible candidates should possess AAT, relevant degree and recognised Chartered Accountancy qualification or equivalent. Working in a tax and similar environment is an added advantage
The qualification process involves enrolling for tuition and sitting for an examination at BAC. The course is made of 3 modules on two levels :
Principles of Taxation
Principles of Tax Audit
Financial Accounting 2
Tax Audits & Investigations
The exam content is 90% application and 10% analysis.
Candidates with relevant qualifications may be eligible for exemptions on the financial accounting module. Applicants who have been exempted need to submit exemption letters to registry upon registration.
The course is offered on a part - time basis to allow employers and employees the flexibility of combining work and study. The postgraduate Diploma in Taxation course runs for 1 year with a two weeks revision at the end plus a week of private study before examination. Commencement date is July and January every year. The College breaks for a few weeks in June and students are to consolidate their knowledge of the course during this break period.
The courses are relevant as on the job training for professionals, who work in the taxation departments, taxation services and related organisations. The examination for this course is highly practical. It assumes that candidates are working in tax environment. It is suitable for BURS and similar environment Tax Auditors, Tax consultants and Lawyers who want to understand taxation to enhance their work.