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A Fairfax/ATO investigation suggests the tax office has broken the trust of taxpayers. www.shutterstock.com

When taxpayers do wrong, they cop penalties but erring tax officers do not

A Four Corners/Fairfax investigation shows the need for an advisory board to make sure that tax officers are accountable as part of the Taxpayers' charter.
Dairy cows at a family farm in Chilliwack, B.C. Sylvain Charlebois, a noted academic on food policy issues, says the federal government’s proposed tax reforms will hurt family farms. CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Down on the farm: tax reforms will hurt family businesses

Family farms, restaurants, other food businesses and the rural economy will suffer under federal tax proposals for small businesses,
The Turnbull government should be focusing on giving new businesses, not small businesses, a tax cut if the aim is ‘jobs and growth’. Stephanie Gardiner/AAP

Why small business tax cuts aren’t likely to boost ‘jobs and growth’

Based on evidence, policies which seek to encourage job creation and innovation via a tax cut should preference large or new businesses, rather than small ones.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull used part of his address to the national press club to sell the company tax cut. Mick Tsikas/AAP

What economists and tax experts think of the company tax cut

The federal government is still trying to convince senate crossbenchers to pass a company tax cut but tax experts and economists dispute all of its supposed benefits.

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