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Treasury modelling released by the government backs up Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to walk away from an increase to the GST. Lukas Coch/AAP

Treasury modelling shows no growth lift from GST tax mix switch

The government has released Treasury modelling showing a tax mix switch with a 15% GST and income tax cuts would deliver no gains to economic growth.
Malcolm Turnbull said the May budget would be the government’s tax platform and, for ‘all practical purposes’, its white paper. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull points to problems in raising GST

Malcolm Turnbull has said the budget will contain the government's tax policy, and questioned whether the benefits of increasing the GST would be worth the difficulties of doing so.
Governments around the world are rewriting law to deal with tax avoidance by multinationals like Google. Peter Power/Reuters

‘War’ on tax avoidance overlooks some obvious legal fixes

Global measures to crack down on tax avoidance by multinationals will take some time to deliver. And there's still work to be done locally.
Treasurer Scott Morrison said people were not interested in “reading a large tome on tax”. Aaron Bunch/AAP

Morrison open to changing tax white paper process

Treasurer Scott Morrison has opened the possibility for an alternative to the government's present white paper process for tax reform.
Malcolm Turnbull may struggle to persuade Daniel Andrews and some other state leaders to back major tax change, though Mike Baird has been arguing for reform. Sam Mooy/AAP

Turnbull faces his most taxing test yet: wooing the states to overhaul the GST

Despite all the media coverage, don't expect any clear decisions on national tax reform on Friday. But we should see more progress on other issues, including domestic violence and violent extremism.

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