Two centuries of tax policy show efforts to raise taxes on the rich hinge on questions of fairness. The history also suggests proponents have a tough road ahead.
In his budget reply, Bill Shorten avoided the government's traps and wisely stressed his party's traditional strengths: health, education and social policy.
Just what does the government think you will do with the changes to tax, extra money or cuts in the federal budget?
The federal budget deficit from now through to 2018-19 is likely to be $129 billion, $21 billion worse than in the December official budget update, according to Deloitte Access Economics.
The Panama papers show how hard it is to keep on top of tax collection, but outsourcing to the private sector would bring problems of its own.
The Panama Papers are part of a trend that suggests the U.S. tax gap – how much is still owed the government after Tax Day – may soon close. Could this mean the end of tax evasion?
New figures reveal inequality in Britain and the effects of the redistributive tax and benefits system.
China's newly introduced "e-commerce laws" are actually just closing a loophole in regulation and shouldn't be seen feared by Australian businesses trading with the country online.
Businesses are reducing the UK tax take with a new form of self-employment which harks back to mediaeval England.
We want a tax system that is structured fairly and for other people to pay what they are meant to. Determining what this is, though. is tricky.
Research suggests some features of tax software can lead us to make more aggressive judgments when we file our returns, which could make an audit more likely.
Proponents of tax havens would argue tax evasion may not be moral, but isn't criminal. History suggests this is a slippery slope.
It involves shifting calendars, greedy governments – and the Pope.
Tax havens such as the Cayman Islands, Switzerland, the British Virgin Islands and Panama have a few key things in common.
Governments shouldn't have to rely on major international information leaks like the Panama Papers to get information about companies' tax avoidance abroad.
The headlines are full of stories of corruption and mega scandals, but what does it mean for the rest of us? And what makes the economic cost of corruption so high?
Changes to the way tourists on the Working Holiday Maker visa are taxed will deter them and may put more pressure on labour shortages.
If states controlled more of their school funding, competition could lead to innovation where the best ideas are adopted nationwide.
Giving states the power to levy income tax won't make up for the shortfall in health and education funding and it could mean poorer states are worse off.
The states have historically fought to keep their income tax powers so it seems a joke to see a rejection of the Federal Government's proposal to give these powers back.