Australia’s tax and transfer system is highly progressive and benefits more people than is generally acknowledged.
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The Productivity Commission has just released a timely new working paper that sheds light on how Australia’s tax and transfer system functions to distribute income across the population both at a point…
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen, on Q&A, September 7, 2015.
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen told Q&A that the government would have to spend close to 60% of any GST revenue raised on compensation. Is that a fact?
Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses a forum of Tax Institute and Chartered Accountants from Australia and New Zealand, on Monday.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has delivered yet another address saying income tax cuts must be given. That gets him an easy headline but tells us very little about the government’s plans. Hockey has also given…
Treasurers have agreed the GST should be levied on overseas purchases, but working out how to collect it is another matter.
The Australian Government's plan to make offshore companies collect and pass on GST has thrown up more questions than answers.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has agreement from the states on one aspect of the GST.
GST will be applied to all online goods, starting from 2017, following a meeting of state and federal treasurers.
Bitcoin functions like money, but the ATO treats it as a commodity for tax purposes.
The tax treatment of Bitcoin has been holding back the industry in Australia, but gradually the rules are changing.
Too much meat is bad for our health and the environment, so why not tax it while giving veggies a free pass?
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If GST was added to meat, the government could raise billions of dollars in revenue while also encouraging shoppers to eat more veggies - a lipsmacking prospect for public health and the environment.
Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh has said the GST is as inefficient but less equitable than income tax.
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The Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Andrew Leigh, has said the the Government's latest tax discussion paper says the GST is as inefficient as income tax, adding he thinks it's less equitable. Is that right?
Australia’s government leaders are yet to unite on tax reform.
A package of tax reform, including a GST with a broader base, would help grow the Australian economy.
A leader’s retreat between state premiers and prime minister Tony Abbott will centre around the GST.
Who supports increasing the GST and who is against it? What does 'regressive tax' mean? And who will be worse off? Our experts give the answers.
Rethinking tax is harder than it looks.
Even when everyone agrees on the need for reform, there's no guarantee we'll ever see it happen.
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird is one of the more reasonable and well-performing politicians in the country.
On Sunday, June 28, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill breakfasted at an Adelaide cafe. Baird had flown to SA for the meeting. Their discussion was about Tony…
University of Canberra Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis Mark Evans and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott wasn’t happy with Treasurer Joe Hockey offering up GST revenue.
The Abbott government desperately tries, but nearly always fails, to run to a tight script.
Joe Hockey made policy on the run when he appeared on ABC television’s Q&A.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has always been wary of going on Q&A. He was right. Hockey made policy on the run on the program when he agreed that GST shouldn’t be applied to women’s sanitary products and promised…
Uber drivers have been classified as taxi drivers and will have to register for GST. Uber says they will challenge the decision.
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A recent decision by the tax office that ride sharing services must pay GST has infuriated Uber. But are they being singled out?
Australia needs a new Federal Compact to supplement a Constitution now empty of meaning.
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There is almost nothing in the Constitution that helps us make the system function, as against a mass of gaps and silences that are the sources of our problems.
Introducing a so-called ‘Netflix" tax in Australia makes sense.
The arrival of Netflix in Australia has brought into sharp relief the GST base erosion problem caused by global digital commerce. Along with the non-taxation of low-value imported goods, the absence of…
The Commonwealth appear to hold the aces when it comes to state-federal funding, but the states have cards to play.
The stoush over GST redistribution followed a predictable script of squabbling between states; but now is the time for an alternative agenda.
Members of COAG listen to Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the top of this morning’s meeting at Parliament House.
States ready for arm wrestle with Abbott to get better deal on hospitals, schools.