cod. 13207

Academic year 2023/24
5° year of course - First semester
- Alberto COMELLI
Academic discipline
Diritto tributario (IUS/12)
Economico e pubblicistico
Type of training activity
36 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

At the end of the preparation of the exam, Students are expected to be able to know and understand the most important topics of the Italian tax system, also under the EU tax law.
In addition, Students ere expected to be able to:
[1. knowledge and ability to understand]
- know and understand the principles under the Italian Constitution, with particular reference to the ability to pay principle;
- know and understand the principles regarding the production of tax laws;
- know and understand administrative and criminal fines, the assessment of the most important taxes and the most important rules about tax trial;
- know and understand the functioning ordinary mechanism of the value added tax.
[2. Ability to apply the knowledge of the topics]
- correctly frame the legal issues raised by specific situations.
[3. Autonomy of judgement]
- formulate some personal critical opinions about the main rules applicable in the national tax system, with particular reference to tax deeds and methods of assessment of the most important taxes.
[4. Communication skills]
- clearly communicate opinions, selecting relevant information;
- formulate legal arguments with appropriate language.
[5. Ability to communicate]
- autonomously deepen the study of specific areas of the national tax system, with particular reference to methods of tax assessment, tax penalties and tax collection.


The exams of Private Law Institutions, Roman Law Institutions, Constitutional Law and Political economy should be already taken. In addition, it would be very helpful for Students to have already taken the exams of Administrative Law and Civil Procedure Law.

Course unit content

All the main tax institutes will be analysed (e. g., tax, duty, taxpayer, tax rate, taxable income, tax return, the constitutional priciples as well as the Taxpayer's Statute). In addition, tax assessment, tax collection and tax trial will be in-depth analysed.

Full programme

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Franco Randazzo, Manuale di diritto tributario, Giappichelli Editore, third edition, 2023, only pagg. 3-94; 143-164; 189-376. The total number of pages amonunts to 302. The use of an updated tax code is very helpful. Among the others, Students can use one of the following: Andrea Carinci, Thomas Tassani, Codice ragionato breve per lo studio del diritto tributario, Giappichelli, latest edition or Codice tributario, Simone editore (codice minor), latest edition.

Teaching methods

The program of Tax Law will be analysed in 36 hours of lesson. Lessons will be held exclusively in person and lessons already recorded in previous academic years will remain available to students in the Elly platform. A number of particularly topical and important case law cases will be examined.
A guided visit to the Tax Court of Parma and a tax trial simulation will be organized, with the collaboration of Tax Judges. During the Tax law course some legal and tax experts will discuss about their experience. In addition, some tax law undergraduates will make short interventions during the lectures.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will take place in presence, in oral form and will consist of three questions on the entire programme.
The vote will be announced immediately at the end of the exam. Students will be evaluated considering their knowledge about the main topics of Tax Law. Any autonomy of judgement on these topics and their conceptual links, as well as communication skills, will be appreciated.
Attending Students will have the opportunity to take two partial exams: the first one in the middle of the course and the second one at the end of the course, before the official date. The dates of the two partial exams will be announced during the course. The final vote will be equal to the average of the partial exams.

Other information

Before studyng Tax Law, students are kindly invited to review some important concepts of administrative law, such as administrative power, administrative procedure and administrative deed. A short presentation of the program will be uploaded in the Elly platform. Supplementary teaching material, useful for exam preparation, may also be uploaded onto the Elly platform. A Student who attends at least seventy percent of the lessons will be considered an attending Student.