With widening income differences and growing social divisions, citizens are less willing to support each other and taxpayers less willing to pay taxes.
Analysis shows that rising inequality over the past 20 years makes it harder to increase taxes and makes citizens less willing to pay them.
Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are eyeing value capture as a way to fund projects, but how will they sell a new tax to voters?
Consider these home truths: value capture is a tax, it would need to apply to the family home and deciding which areas it covers would be politically contentious. A broad-based land tax is simpler.
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The UK government's U-turn on a national insurance increase for self-employed people exposes the flaws in its approach to building a stronger and more inclusive economy.
A fair deal?
How to make economic sense of the robot revolution.
All smiles at 11 Downing Street.
Philip Hammond delivers his last Spring Budget on the state of the UK economy. Our panel of experts dissect what it says.
Businesses are expanding into new markets, so employees increasingly have to move between different geographical locations.
New research finds there are significant risks and uncertainties in the complexities of national and international tax systems as applied to internationally mobile employees.
A good diet is key for a child’s well-being.
'Healthy child' vouchers and increased taxation could help tackle the childhood obesity problem.
A wage ceiling is worth talking about.
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The idea of a minimum wage has become widely accepted so why is a maximum wage so controversial?
Norweigian oil rig.
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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.
Was Barnaby Joyce’s international comparison correct?
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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said backpackers would be better off working in Australia with a 19% tax than in New Zealand, England and Canada. Is that true? And what would a 15% or 10.5% tax mean?
Malcolm Turnbull touring one of Australia’s large LNG fields.
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The way Australia taxes companies for gas projects now lags behind our closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, which has reformed its tax system to ensure it gets money sooner.
They might be certain, but they don’t have to be brutal.
Tax systems in post-colonial Africa need to be reformed. For instance, there ought to be rebates for advancing moral good or educating future taxpayers.
Millions of Americans in nine states will vote on Nov. 8 for the right to do this.
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Nine states are deciding whether to legalize marijuana. Yet the drug's prohibition at the federal level has created an unstable financial environment for producers and retailers.
Trump’s tax returns would tell us a lot about who he is.
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.
To understand the Trump Foundation, reporters are following the money.
The Trump Foundation has received lots of scrutiny in recent months questioning how much the candidate gives, where the charity's money comes from and how it's used. Here's what we know so far.
University students are fed up that their calls for free education are being ignored.
South Africa's higher education minister has dealt with fee increments for 2017 but sidestepped students' fundamental issue: an ongoing call to make higher education free for all.
The EU’s taken a bite out of Apple’s profits.
The EU's ruling is profoundly misguided and could undermine US investment in Europe.
Both domestic and global economic challenges face the new Turnbull government.
The government should consider five options to increase economic growth.
Lionel Messi is not the first footballer to break financial laws and he probably won't be the last.
How much tax – if any – do religious organisations pay in Australia?
Is it true that religious organisations are exempt from paying tax and from standard accounting and record-keeping obligations?