P6 (ATX-UK) - BPP - Advanced Taxation - STUDY TEXT and EXAM KIT

Before we get started, keep in mind that ACCA's P6 Advanced Taxation (ATX) is available in a variety of formats, including UK paper, Ireland paper, Malaysian paper, and so on.

These are specific to the country you are studying in as well as the applicable tax laws. In this guide, we'll focus on the ATX-UK Paper, but the advice applies to all P6 Advanced Taxation (ATX) students.

You can choose the exam you want to take based on the country and tax laws that apply to your profession the most.

P6 (ATX-UK) - Advanced Taxation | BPP - STUDY TEXT and EXAM KIT PDF


The P6 Advanced Taxation (ATX) syllabus is designed to help you apply your ATX knowledge and skills to interpreting and analyzing data in a business setting, as well as effectively communicating the results.

The P6 Advanced Taxation (ATX) exam is one of four option papers, of which you must pass two. It's important to note that if you don't work in the tax industry, this paper will be extremely difficult for you to complete because you'll need a broad understanding of relevant tax laws to interpret results and advise clients in the given scenario.

Exam Format

Strategic Professional Option papers follow the same format. The ATX exam takes three hours and fifteen minutes to complete, and the pass mark is 50 percent, as with all other ACCA exams.

ATX is now a computer-based exam. The region determines this; there is no way to choose between the two.

The ATX-UK exam is broken down into two sections, each with all of the required questions. The following is a list of all of them:

Section A: The first case study question is worth 25 marks (including 4 professional marks), and the second case study question is worth 25 marks. This section also contains five ethics marks, emphasizing the importance of having a firm grasp on ethical concepts at the strategic professional level.

Section B: Two 20-mark questions are included in Section B, and they will cover a wide range of business and personal tax issues.

At this level, the questions are scenario-based and will include both calculations and commentary, with multiple taxes being considered at once. You must understand the interplay of taxes and plan accordingly for the scenario presented, as one would expect of a tax professional.

ATX Syllabus Guide

As previously stated, the purpose of the P6 Advanced Taxation (ATX) syllabus is to apply relevant knowledge, skills, and professional judgment to provide relevant information and advice to individuals and businesses on the impact of major taxes on financial decisions and situations.

In order to achieve this goal, ACCA outlines the four main capabilities that candidates should be able to do after passing this exam:

  1. Study advanced topics within the taxes you've already studied, as well as stamp taxes, to apply your knowledge and understanding of the UK tax system.
  2. Determine and evaluate the impact of relevant taxes on a wide range of situations and actions, including tax interactions.
  3. Provide advice on how to use common tax planning strategies to reduce and/or defer tax liabilities.
  4. Communicate effectively with clients, HM Revenue and Customs, and other experts.

5 Essential Study Tips

#1 – Refresh your assumed knowledge

As previously stated, P6 Advanced Taxation (ATX) is a continuation (albeit a significant step up) from Taxation at the applied skills level.

Review the previous syllabus before beginning this course to ensure that you are completely confident in the assumed knowledge from this paper.

Even – or perhaps especially – if you were granted exemptions, this is true. You may have covered the material at a similar level before enrolling in P6 Advanced Taxation (ATX), but you may not have covered the same areas in the same depth.

The paper assumes foundational knowledge that some students lack, which is one of the most common reasons students fail ACCA exams.

Nothing is more aggravating than realizing halfway through an exam that you have forgotten key concepts.

#2 – Give yourself time to prepare

We recommend studying for the entire 12-week cycle because the exams at the Strategic Professional level are very complex and the syllabus is long and in-depth.

This allows you to follow our recommended study plan, which includes 8 weeks of content review and learning through question walkthroughs, allowing you to complete the entire syllabus as noted above; and 4 weeks of exam technique, which includes Mock Exams, webinars, and Revision Bootcamp, which focuses on exam and question practice.

A well-structured study plan will give you a solid foundation of knowledge as well as excellent exam technique, increasing your chances of passing the exam.

#3 – Avoid the Perfection Trap

P6 Advanced Taxation (ATX) is a technically difficult subject in which you must apply your knowledge of a variety of taxes and understand the relationships between them, as well as how to plan and advise in a given situation.

As a result, getting a perfect score on any question is extremely difficult – but not necessary! As previously stated, the pass mark is 50%, so you don't need to get a "A" on every question, and pursuing this may cost you time in other areas if you don't have a good time management system.

What you do need is a solid grasp of the fundamental concepts and connections to cover all of the important marks in the time allotted. You'll be well on your way to passing if you can do that for all of the questions.

#4 - Practice makes perfect

There's no getting around the fact that practicing answering questions is the only way to master the concepts in this syllabus.

As a result, practice should be a key component of your education. It's the only way to start connecting the dots between different taxes and determining what matters in the situation.

Don't get discouraged if this seems difficult at first; remember that you learn more from your mistakes than from your successes, so review the solution, go back and review the content as needed, and then try the question again to see if you understand what was required.

You will gain a solid understanding of both the content and how it is assessed if you continue to approach questions in this manner.

ATX Exam Technique

#1 Plan your answer before jumping in

Because the exam is entirely made up of compulsory questions, you must plan for the entire paper and keep track of your time.

We recommend reading through a 3 hour 15 minute paper for the first 15 minutes and deciding how you want to approach it. This gives you 3 hours, or 180 minutes, to complete the 100-mark paper, implying that each mark should take 1.8 minutes to complete.

From a planning standpoint, I would recommend breaking down the requirements into smaller sections for each individual question, particularly Section A.

Keep a close eye on the question. Allow yourself plenty of time to come up with a strategy and a solution. If you start writing too quickly or without doing the necessary calculations, you will miss key marks and marks, so take your time to make sure you understand the context of the question and don't forget to apply the correct knowledge.

Always remember to answer the question that was posted.

#2 Good layout and structure will help the marks roll in

The examiner will be able to understand your marks if you keep your response concise and professional. You'll need to be well-organized and follow a methodical approach to answering the question in order to do so.

During your question practice sessions leading up to the exam, you should have developed this skill set.

Assume the role of the character in the scenario and replicate the deliverable in your response to earn professional marks (i.e if the questions require you to prepare briefing notes, this should be the format of your answer).

Plan ahead of time to ensure that you have logical, well-thought-out, and well-organized responses that address all of the major marks. Short, value-adding statements should be included in your response, and long general introductions and conclusions should be avoided.

#3 Make sure you are applying your knowledge to the scenario

Keep in mind that the goal at this point is to synthesize and evaluate, so make sure that your analysis is always tied to the scenario.

Rather than simply stating general tax rules, you must consider the scenario before beginning to write an answer. Because each client's situation is different, the tax rules must be applied accordingly.

Move on to the next requirement instead of wasting time trying to demonstrate your knowledge that is unrelated to the scenario.

What the examiners say...

Finally, consider some advice from the person you most want to impress on exam day: the examiner!

They stress the importance of application, which we previously discussed:

“In addition to having a thorough understanding of these various topic areas, candidates must be able to apply their knowledge to the scenario posed in the question. As a result, any calculations or discussions should take place in the context of the question's scenario.”

More importantly, the report pinmarks the areas where candidates who failed the most recent exam failed:

“The candidates who did not perform well had a number of flaws. They didn't give themselves enough time to read and think about the question before starting to write. This meant they didn't include enough pertinent information and/or wasted time providing data that wasn't requested or had already been provided.

They lacked in-depth technical knowledge of all areas of the syllabus, which meant they couldn't apply the rules to some of the question requirements because they weren't familiar enough with them. They tended to write generic responses rather than applying their knowledge to the facts of the question scenario, which cost them marks."

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