PDPA-Taxation Module Overview
The PDPA-Taxation module is designed to equip registrants with the competencies necessary to provide taxation services and guidance. The scope includes assisting individual and corporate entities to minimize taxes and meet their objectives while remaining in compliance with tax laws and regulations. The registrant learns to address compliance and tax-planning issues for both individuals and corporate entities, as well as, to a lesser extent, partnerships and trusts.
Registrants also learn to go beyond presenting issues by considering the broader circumstances and risk tolerance of all stakeholders involved. In addition, registrants develop competence in the areas of tax governance, controls, and risk management, in recognizing the interrelationship between financial reporting decisions and taxation, and in recognizing the importance of considering taxes when making business and investment decisions.
10 - 15 Hours
Suggested study time is 10-to-15 hours per week if completing all online assignments and doing any practice material available on the site.
The PDPA-Taxation module is self-study and includes access to a facilitator to mark assignments and to answer questions. Registrants have the option of attending a two-day weekend workshop (with candidates enrolled in the CPA Professional Education Program) and submitting assignments for review by the facilitator.
PDPA-Taxation Module Format
The PDPA-Taxation module consists of the following components:
|Integrated Problems*||Optional weekly case-based activities that are reviewed by a facilitator. Marking guides and sample solutions are provided.|
Optional cases due every week and reviewed by a facilitator. Recommended to write in 120 minutes.
|Multiple choice questions*||
15 optional weekly questions to review topics covered in that week’s integrated problem.
|Examination preparation material*||Optional materials available to be completed at any time.|
|Workshop*||Optional, weekend, two-day in-person session to be held at one of nine locations across Western Canada.|
|Learning resources||Resources available to registrants for reference and research.|
|Discussion board||Forum for registrants to post questions to their peers and facilitators.|
* Although these activities are optional, it is strongly recommended that registrants complete these activities to increase their chances of successfully passing the PDPA Taxation examination.
The examination for the PDPA-Taxation module is four hours long and comprises two cases (150 minutes allotted for this section), and objective-style questions, such as multiple-choice questions and task-based simulations (90 minutes allotted for this section). See the Taxation Examination Blueprint for more information.