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In comments to the Coalition joint partyroom, Tony Abbott urged the government to go down the savings path. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Tony Abbott’s nope, nope, nope moment on tax

On Monday, a scarifying account of Tony Abbott’s prime ministership appears in the bookshops. By journalist Niki Savva, The Road to Ruin: How Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin Destroyed Their Own Government…
Malcolm Turnbull tosses the coin ahead of the politicians versus Canberra Press Gallery cricket match on Sunday. Lukas Coch/AAP

John Howard complicates Malcolm Turnbull’s tax problems

When you are Malcolm Turnbull floundering in the heavy seas of tax reform, it is perhaps unfortunate that the 20th anniversary of the election of the Howard government has come around at this particular…
A key problem with working out the impacts of negative gearing is that we don’t know exactly which properties it affects or the status of their tenants. AAP/Dan Peled

Scrap or preserve negative gearing? Here’s six other options worth debating

What if there was a middle option between retention and abolition that made negative gearing work better? There are multiple ways to improve accountability for this $8 billion-a-year tax concession.
The tax deal between the UK government and Google shows governments have a long way to go when sharing the benefits of the knowledge economy. Andy Rain/EPA/AAP

When ‘innovation’ fails to fix our finances

The rest of society won't see the benefits of innovation until governments figure out a way to effectively tax the knowledge economy.
Treasurer Scott Morrison emphasises the government’s desire to control “new spending” in a speech to the National Press Club. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Morrison still hopeful of modest relief on tax bracket creep

Treasurer Scott Morrison has "rescaled" the tax debate to hold out the prospect of "modest" tax relief that may prevent average wage earners moving into the second highest tax bracket.
Labor’s Chris Bowen and Bill Shorten announced plans for new tax rules, and the government, even as it attacked their plan, has also opened the door to changes to negative gearing. AAP/Gemma Najen

A first step on negative gearing, but not much more

The problem is there are already too many buyers willing to pay high prices, and negative gearing is designed to create more buyers willing to pay more.
ACOSS says over 90% of investment in negatively geared housing stock applies to existing properties. Paul Millar/AAP Image

Include a crackdown on trusts in tax reform: ACOSS

The Australian Council of Social Service has called for the tax treatment of private trusts to be tightened, which it says could save $1.5 billion in 2017-18.
We might be ambivalent about taxation because it challenges our sense of ourselves as individuals – and we may not trust governments to spend it properly. Shutterstock

The politics of taxation – or how to convince people to part with their money

Many of us are happy for governments to increase spending on public services, but we don't like the idea of higher taxes. There are some good reasons for this.
Treasury modelling released by the government backs up Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to walk away from an increase to the GST. Lukas Coch/AAP

Treasury modelling shows no growth lift from GST tax mix switch

The government has released Treasury modelling showing a tax mix switch with a 15% GST and income tax cuts would deliver no gains to economic growth.

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