cod. 1011671

Academic year 2023/24
5° year of course - Second semester
- Lorenzo BIANCHI - Alberto COMELLI
Academic discipline
Diritto tributario (IUS/12)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
36 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, Students are expected to be able to:
[1. Knowledge and understanding]
- know and understand the fundamental concepts of tax trial;
- know and understand the main principles and general rules governing the proceedings before Tax Courts of first instance, with particular reference to the tax appeal;
[2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding].
- correctly frame the most important procedural topics posed by concrete situations.
[3. Autonomy of judgement]
- formulate some personal critical evaluations on the main institutes of tax procedural law.
[4. Communication skills]
- communicate observations clearly, selecting relevant information according to its importance;
- formulate legal arguments with appropriate language and reasoning skills.
[5. Ability to learn]
- Deepen the study of specific areas of the subject matter, with particular reference to the jurisdiction of the tax courts and the acts that can be contested.


it would be very helpful for Students to have already taken the exam of Tax Law and, for Law Students, also of Civil Procedure Law.

Course unit content

During the course, tax trial will be examined in-depth, with particular reference to evidence, proof and burden of proof.
In addition to legal data, the relevant case-law of the Court of Cassation will be analysed.

Full programme

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Alberto Comelli, Commento sub Art. 7 of Decree-Law No. 546/1992, in Consolo-Glendi (ed.), Commentario breve alle leggi del processo tributario, Wolters Kluwer, Milan, 2023, 128-192 (this contribution is available in the Elly platform); Francesco Pistolesi, Il processo tributario, Giappichelli, Torno, 2023, 13-108 and 168-194. The total number of pages is 188.

Teaching methods

The theoretical issues covered by the course will be supplemented with reference to the case-law of the Court of cassation, in-depth case studies and critical discussion of some controversial issues.
All the program will be carried out during 36 hours of lessons.
Attending Students may bring to the final exam a Court of cassation judgment agreed upon with the Professor.
A tax trial simulation will be organized, with the collaboration of Tax Judges. In addition, some tax law undergraduates will make short interventions during the lectures.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will be oral and consist of three questions on the entire program, with the aim of ascertaining:
- the ability to communicate through an assessment of the ability to organise exposition coherently, to provide comprehensive definitions, to use appropriate legal terminology and to clarify the meaning of particular expressions or concepts;
- the ability to learn, through an assessment of the level of knowledge and understanding of the most important topics.

Other information

Students who attend at least 70 per cent of the classes are considered to be attending Students.