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People who work in the black economy come from industries as diverse as horticulture, retail, cleaning, construction and childcare. www.shutterstock.com

What it’s like to be a ‘black economy’ worker

But the black economy is more common than we think – how many of us have paid tradies, gardeners or cleaners cash without the exchange of relevant paperwork?
Timing tricks help politicians avoid dealing with the substance of their policies. That isn’t going to change any time soon. Cindy Zhi

Government timing tricks hide the real budget story

It seems that timing tricks are now a thing in Australian politics. Revenues are brought forward and spending pushed back for cosmetic effect.
With the second and third releases of ATO tax transparency data, the was no reaction from the financial markets at all, not even for those firms included in the disclosures. BEN RUSHTON/AAP

Revealing how much tax companies pay doesn’t move markets or reduce tax avoidance

Mandatory tax return disclosures for large companies were designed to increase public awareness of tax avoidance - but a new study reveals they may not work.
Should baseball teams pay tax on the bobbleheads they give away? AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Bobbleheads and other free swag star in baseball tax dispute

The Cincinnati Reds' struggles on the field in recent years have extended into the courtroom, where they are battling to avoid paying sales tax on promotional giveaways they use to sell tickets.
The government is still attempting to lower the corporate tax rate to compete globally. Ben Rushton/AAP

How the government can pay for its proposed company tax cuts

A cut in the Australian company tax rate to 25 or even 20% is important because it will attract foreign investment, boosting wages and the economy in Australia
Shareholders might be less likely to expect tax avoidance and may be pushing companies to pay their fair share. JONO SEARLE/AAP

Companies that pay more tax deliver shareholders better returns: new study

Shareholders appear to achieve greater returns from corporations which are less aggressive tax planners and pay a greater percentage of tax, according to a new pilot study.
Re-examining a survey of international studies on the price of beer, any tax increase will be only half as effective as planned in reducing consumption. Andy Rain/AAP

Politicians are inflating the evidence used to justify tax increases

A new survey shows economic studies frequently report effects to be much larger than they actually are, leading to inflated claims about policy effectiveness and public benefit.

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