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Norweigian oil rig. Black Inc. Books

Book Review: Trillion Dollar Baby

Paul Cleary makes a good case as to why Australia should follow Norway as an example of how to tax miners in Trillion Dollar Baby.
The amount of tax payable from Australian corporations went down in this latest report. www.shutterstock.com

The tax office’s transparency reporting is looking a little opaque

As long as the ATO doesn't question why companies are reporting zero tax payable on their income, the public won't know if serious tax avoidance is happening.
Many Australian farmers rely on backpackers to meet their labour needs at harvest time. Francois Lenoir/Reuters

What the government can learn from the backpacker tax debacle

The controversy over changes to the backpacker tax shows the inadequacy of relying on backpackers as the primary labour source for a vital industry.
Many seniors pay less than younger workers on the same income as a result of special tax breaks for seniors. www.shutterstock.com

Why special tax breaks for seniors should go

The federal government could save about A$1 billion a year by changing three unfair tax breaks for older Australians, a new report says.
Trump’s tax returns would tell us a lot about who he is. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

What we can learn from Trump’s $916 million loss

A 1995 tax return shows a net operating loss so large that it raises concerns about whether it was reported properly – and if Trump has been honest about his taxes.
BHP Billiton is reporting details of its tax thanks to new UK regulations, however its still not completely transparent. David Crosling/AAP

Australian companies have more work to do on tax transparency

A number of Australian companies have released tax reports to the public in a bid to show transparency, however those reports are still incomplete.

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