Six years of Coalition government has had little impact on the tax system. It's not clear whether a Labor government would be any different.
If you can understand this, you might just understand the election. Here's our quick guide to the language of dividend imputation.
On one measure our company tax rate is the third-highest, but we like it that way because it allows us to give big tax refunds to local shareholders, many of them retirees.
The Conversation played host to really important new ideas in 2018. Some will take years to develop. Others will never come to fruition. But they're important.
The budget looks good, for now. But the surge in taxable profits will subside as companies find ways to shift profits offshore. We've come up a better way to tax onshore what happens onshore.
The budget deficit is as good as dead. For practical purposes we are back to normal with financial firepower recharged for the next crisis.
The government is also dropping its attempt to scrap the energy supplement for new welfare entrants.
Personal income taxpayers are shouldering more of the burden, while less revenue is coming from taxes on companies, capital and consumption. Only major reforms will change these sustained trends.
In addition to the jobs claim, Liberal MP Sarah Henderson said 65,000 new businesses had started in the last year, compared to the closure of 61,000 businesses in Labor's last year. Is that right?
Michelle Grattan speaks with Mark Evans about the week in politics.
Politics Podcast: Tanya Plibersek on Labor’s taxing times.
Tanya Plibersek talks on Anthony Albanese's Whitlam oration, Bill Shorten's unexpected announcement on rolling back company tax for medium sized firms, and the "tough" byelections.
The decision, announced in response to questions at a news conference on Tuesday, doesn't appear to have gone through shadow cabinet. Nor did Shorten mention it when he addressed caucus that morning.
Even though this year’s budget is pretty good politics and reasonable economics, on almost every front, it is a missed opportunity to be bold.
Politics podcast: Michael Keating on a Fair Share.
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Keating told The Conversation that taxation revenue will need to rise by another 3 percentage points of GDP in the next three decades.
The government has been forced to put off a vote on its tax cut for big business.
Labor retains a 53-47% unchanged two-party lead in the latest Newspoll.
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
Chris Bowen will target tax loopholes and concessions in a speech on Monday.
On Q&A, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive James Pearson said almost 60% of small business owners in Australia are paid $50,000 or less. Is that right?
The Coalition is trailing in its 21st consecutive Newspoll, with Labor maintaining its two-party lead of 54-46% and Malcolm Turnbull suffering a setback in his personal ratings.