Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has engaged in a series of paper transactions to create a A$936 million loss in Australia – effectively a billion-dollar exercise in avoiding tax.
The Australian government took out ads this month boasting of victory in the fight against multinational tax avoidance. It is no small irony that taxpayers forked out for this bald-faced lie.
A treaty Australia has just signed will amend existing tax treaties to limit international tax avoidance.
Australian authorities have allowed predatory online travel agents to shrink their tax base while penalising Australian accommodation operators thanks to onerous commissions and vanishing competition
New modelling shows governments need to ensure that corporations benefiting from the use of Australia's resources, are contributing the same as they do in other jurisdictions.
As long as the ATO doesn't question why companies are reporting zero tax payable on their income, the public won't know if serious tax avoidance is happening.
There are still a few real-world tests the Diverted Profits Tax or "Google Tax" will have to face before the government can claim it's among the toughest in the world.
Transfer pricing is a common form of legal tax avoidance, and it's costing governments millions.
A landmark decision by the European Commission ordering Apple to pay €13 billion in tax sends a tough message to other multinationals.
The reelected Coalition government will be forced to confront multinational tax avoidance more effectively or suffer the revenue problems.
Loading companies with excessive, tax deductible debt is a commonly used by multinationals to avoid tax - so why has the government ignored it?