ACOSS CEO Cassandra Goldie has released modelling which shows that an increase to the GST will disproportionately affect those on lower incomes.
The Australian Council of Social Service has released modelling on the regressive effects of increasing or broadening the GST.
Neville Wran, New South Wales premier from 1976 to 1986, was Australia’s first modern leader, building and using ‘political capital’.
Tax reform will be a hard sell, even for a prime minister of Malcolm Turnbull’s standing and imagination.
Guiyu, China: where electronic goods go to die.
Splitting the Goods and Services Tax in two, and taxing goods at a higher rate, would help to reflect the extra environmental damage done by products that are bought and later thrown in the rubbish.
A few changes in South Africa’s tax administration will have a huge impact on business.
South Africa has sent a strong signal against tax evasion and is planning to introduce a carbon tax. There are also incentives for employers keen on taking inexperienced job seekers.
Joe Hockey used his valedictory speech in parliament to lay out a comprehensive reform blueprint.
In his valedictory speech, former treasurer Joe Hockey has effectively challenged the Turnbull government to be bold.
The EU is thought to be losing one trillion Euros from tax avoidance, evasion and arrears. But the latest tax reform is unlikely to fix that.
The two-year BEPS project is just a band-aid for a deeply flawed system.
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen, on Q&A, September 7, 2015.
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen told Q&A that the government would have to spend close to 60% of any GST revenue raised on compensation. Is that a fact?
If the tax cuts are paid for partly by expenditure restraint on health, welfare, spending benefits are likely to be negligible.
Hockey's call to cut personal income taxes to improve economic growth sounds reasonable - but this is too simplistic.
Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses a forum of Tax Institute and Chartered Accountants from Australia and New Zealand, on Monday.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has delivered yet another address saying income tax cuts must be given. That gets him an easy headline but tells us very little about the government’s plans. Hockey has also given…
The government has already made a number of policy announcements about taxes and transfers.
Amid a rash of leaks and pre-budget announcements, here's what we know about what's in and what's not when it comes to taxes and transfers.
The corporate tax wrecking ball may fall hardest on workers.
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It may sound ironic, but eliminating corporate income taxes is a progressive idea that would lift wages, investment and the economy.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are currently exempt from GST for equity reasons, but it’s time for a rethink.
Simply increasing the GST rate would make for poor tax design. Instead, the government should broaden the base and lock in compensation measures.
Treasurer Joe Hockey said that Australia’s heavy reliance on income taxes ‘may be unsustainable’.
The government's long awaited tax discussion paper says Australia has a relatively low tax burden compared to other developed countries but its system faces "challenges from a changing world".
Then NSW treasurer and now Premier Mike Baird, shaking hands in 2013 to mark the handover of Port Botany under a 99-year lease – the same period as has been proposed to lease state electricity assets to private operators.
Privatising public assets is like a tradesperson selling her or his tools when facing a temporary income shortfall. Much better to borrow at low interest rates and productively invest those funds.
The Australian community has been involved in many discussions about tax in the past, and now it’s time for some new decisions.
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Five years on from the Henry Tax Review tax reform is upon us again, and this time Australia must plan for the future.
Pressure is growing on Apple to pay more tax in Australia.
It’s no secret that companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, Uber, Airbnb and Ikea seem to pay less than their fair share of tax in Australia. Despite booking huge revenues from sales to Australian customers…
Closing the thousands of loopholes that riddle the US tax code is a rare area of bipartisan agreement in Congress. So why is it so hard to end them?
The thousands of tax loopholes that litter the corporate tax code in the United States are frequent targets of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans. Outgoing Republican Senator Tom Coburn released…
Treasurer Joe Hockey is expected to report this month that the budget balance is deteriorating in his mid-year economic and fiscal outlook.
The federal budget balance is expected to deteriorate. The reasons are numerous but, in a lengthy statement, the government sums it up in terms of two key factors. These are: the softer economic outlook…
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was re-elected despite a tight fight over his tax cuts and resulting deficit, which were revealed to be worse than expected just days after the election.
Republican gains in this month’s election, which handed the GOP united control of Congress for the first time since 2006, have lifted hopes that the government can pass corporate tax reform next year…