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Principles of Taxation

The Principles of Taxation exam has 42 questions. 40 questions (80% of the overall marks) are presented in the form of multiple-choice, multi-part multiple-choice, multiple-response or numeric entry. Two questions are scenario-based (worth 20% of the overall marks, 10% each), each question will cover a single syllabus area: income tax and NIC, and corporation tax.

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Exam preparation

The Principles of Taxation sample exam has been provided to demonstrate the format of the objective test questions that you can expect within the exam - please note this is not intended for use as a mock exam.  

Sample assessments are created using the questions shown in the mock exam guidance notes found at the back of the published question banks.

Important information for exams 2024

Following the Chancellor’s announcements relating to Class 1 primary National Insurance Contributions in the Autumn Statement (23 November 2023), we can update you as follows in relation to learning materials and the approach for ICAEW Tax exams during 2024.

All students will be expected to answer exam questions based on the information in the 2024 learning materials.

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