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Executive Diploma in Professional Tax Practice

Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
Next intake(s)
1 year to 2 years
English (PRC Tax taught in Cantonese)
Course Fee
HK$2730 per module
How to Apply
Deadline on 22 Feb 2019 (Fri)
2867 8475
2861 0278
March 2019 Intake - confirmed to run!
Next Intake - March 2020.

Unique features and advantages to students:
- all-round knowledge in Hong Kong, PRC and International taxes
- prepare students for the Certified Tax Adviser (CTA) Qualifying Exam organized by the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong (TIHK)

This programme aims to equip students with all-round knowledge in Hong Kong, PRC and International taxes; provide an opportunity for them to prepare for the Certified Tax Adviser (CTA) Qualifying Examination.

Executive Diploma In Professional Tax Practice 

Module 1: Accounting and Finance (21 hours)

Module 2: Hong Kong Tax (21 hours)

Module 3: International Tax (24 hours)

Module 4: PRC Tax (36 hours)

Module 5: Advanced Taxation Practice (21 hours)

Total 123 hours

For each module, assessment is based on final examination (100%).
To be eligible for the award of Execuitve Diploma in Professional Tax Practice, students should obtain a pass in the examination and achieved a minimum of 70% attendance in each module of the programme.


Accounting and Finance  
  • Objectives and basis of preparation of financial statements
  • Preparation and presentation of financial statements
  • Accounting for elements of financial statements
  • Conceptual framework of financial management
  •  Financial analysis
  •  Budgeting
  • Short-term financial management
  • Long-term financial management
Hong Kong Tax 
  • The Hong Kong Taxation System and Tax Administration under the Inland Revenue Ordinance
  • Property Tax
  • Salaries Tax
  • Profits Tax
  • Depreciation Allowances
  • Stamp Duty
  • Overseas activities, tax planning and anti-avoidance
  • Personal Assessment
International Tax
  • General principles of international taxation
  • International double taxation
  • Double taxation agreements (DTAs)
  • Anti-avoidance provisions in relation to cross-border transactions or planning
  • Depreciation Allowances
  • Other issues such as hybrid entities, electronic commerce, base erosion and profit sharing
PRC Tax (materials in Chinese, taught in Cantonese, supplemented with English)
  • General principles of China taxation system
  • Value added tax (VAT)
  • Individual income tax
  • Enterprise income tax
  • Property tax
  • Custom duties
  • Stamp duties
Advanced Taxation Practice 
  • Hong Kong taxation
  • PRC taxation
  • International taxation
  • Professional ethics
  • Ethics in provision of tax advisory service
  • Different scenarios for applying the tax laws
  • Inherent risks involved in different situations


Maximum exemption is up to 50% of the number of modules studied. The exemption application must be made in writing with supporting documents at the same time when submitting the application form for the programme. Exemption fee of each module is HK$500. 

* Students are recommended to have basic accounting knowledge before joining the programme.

Application Code 1675-EP109A -

Mar 2019 Intake Tentative Schedule

  Date Day of the Week Time
Module 1 (21 hours)
Accounting and Finance
05 Mar - 30 Apr 2019 Tue 19:00 - 22:00
Module 2 (21 hours)
Hong Kong Tax
09 Mar - 11 May 2019 Sat 14:00 - 17:00
Module 4 (36 hours)
PRC Tax 
17 Jun - 23 Sep 2019 Mon 19:00 - 22:00
Module 3 (24 hours)
International Tax
03 Jul - 04 Sep 2019 Wed 19:00 - 22:00
Module 5 (21 hours)
Advanced Taxation Practice
22 Aug -  17 Oct 2019 Thur 19:00 - 22:00

Venue: To be confirmed (HK Island)

Remark: HKU SPACE reserves the right to make changes.

Applicants shall:
  • hold a bachelor's degree awarded by a recognized university or equivalent; or
  • hold an Associate Degree / a Higher Diploma or equivalent, and have at least 2 years of work experience

Applicant with other qualifications and substantial senior level work experience will be considered on individual mertis.

*  students need to have a bachelor degree to be admitted as a TIHK member

Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$2730 per module (Module 1, 2, 5)
  • Course Fee : HK$3120 per module (Module 3)
  • Course Fee : HK$4680 per module (Module 4)

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Application Form

Enrolment Method

HKU SPACE provides 24-hour online application and payment service for students to make enrolment for most open admission courses (courses enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes via the Internet.  Applicants may settle the payment by using either PPS, VISA or Mastercard online.

  1. Complete the online application form

    Applicant may click the icon Apply Now on the top right hand corner of the programme/course webpage to make online application, and then follow the instructions to fill in the online application form.

    Some programmes/courses may be admitted by selection, and may require applicants to provide electronic copy of any required documents (e.g. proof of qualification) as indicated on the programme/course webpage.  Only file format in doc, docx, jpg and pdf are supported. 

  2. Make Online Payment

    Pay the programme/course fees by either using:

    PPS via Internet - You will need a PPS account and a PPS Internet password. For information on how to open a PPS account and how to set up a PPS Internet password, please visit http://www.ppshk.com.

    Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or Mastercard including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”.

To know more about online enrolment and payment, please refer to the user guide of Online Enrolment and Payment:


In Person / Mail

For first time enrolment

Applicants must provide all the required information on the application form and any additional information as required after the intial application assessment. Otherwise the School may not be able to process the admission/enrolment further.

  1. For first come, first served short courses, complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26 and bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.  
  2. Award-bearing and professional courses may require other information. Forms are usually available at the enrolment centres or on request from programme staff. Bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

For continuing enrolment in the same course

In person or by post
  1. The standard ‘Enrolment/Payment Slip’ is designed for students of award-bearing programmes or remaining programmes in a suite of programmes requiring continuing enrolment and it applies to most programmes.
  2. Students should complete the “Enrolment/Payment Slip” which will be made available by relevant programme staff and return the slip to any HKU SPACE enrolment centre or post it to the relevant programme staff with appropriate fee payment.

If you are in doubt about the procedures, please check the individual course details, or contact our programme staff or enrolment centres. 

Please note the followings for programme/course enrollment:

  1. To make an application online, you will need a computer with connection to the Internet and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. Internet Explorer 5.01 or above is recommended for the web browser.
  2. Applicants should not leave the online application idle for more than 10 minutes.  Otherwise, applicants must restart the application process.
  3. Only S-MILES and Early Bird Discount are supported in Online Applicants (Application).  To enjoy other types of discount, please visit one of our enrolment centres.
  4. During the online application process, asynchronous application and payment submission may occur.  Successful payment may not guarantee successful application.  In case of unsuccessful submission, our programme staff will contact you shortly.
  5. Applicants are reminded that they should only apply for the same programme/course once through counter or online application.
  6. For online enrolment, payment confirmation page would be displayed after payment has been made successfully.  In addition, a confirmation email would also be sent to your email account.  You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
  7. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment).
  8. If admission is by selection, the official receipt is not a guarantee that your application has been accepted.  We will inform you of the result as soon as possible after the closing date for application.  Unsuccessful applicants will be given a refund of programme/course fee if already paid.


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The School (and its respective employees and subsidiaries) is not liable for any loss or damage in connection with any online payments made by you by reason of (i) any failure, delay, interruption, suspension or restriction of the transmission of any information or message from any payment gateways of the relevant banks and/or third party merchants for processing credit/debit/smart card or other payment facilitation mechanism; (ii) any negligence, mistake, error in or omission from any information or message transmitted from the said payment gateways; (iii) any breakdown, malfunction or failure of those gateways in effecting online payment service or (iv) anything arisen out of or in connection with the said payment gateways, including but not limited to unauthorised access to or alternation of the transmission of data or any unlawful act not permitted by the law.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.
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