Category Archives: Taxation

Two op-eds on the Bank Levy

In the last week I have published two op-eds on tax policy and the bank levy in particular. The first in The Spectator Australia and the second in the Australian Financial Review. ~*~ The relationship between taxpayers and government should … Continue reading

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Tax data sharing

I have long been concerned by the ATO engaging in data sharing with foreign governments – after all, we can’t be sure that foreigners have the same levels of privacy protections that we do. Any data shared with a foreign … Continue reading

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Where I agree with Richard Denniss …

Richard Denniss – chief economist at The Australia Institute – has a column at the AFR.  This time he has some comments I agree with – getting soft in the old age. There are 750,000 unemployed people in Australia, up … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Oppressive government, Taxation, Wasteful Spending | 50 Comments

David Leyonhjelm – An Apology to Taxpayers

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Reality Is ‘The Rich’ Do Pay Their Fair Share

I had an op-ed in the Daily Telegraph on Thursday (no link) on tax. **~** It is pre-budget silly season again. You know, the time of year when we get to hear all of the good reasons why government should … Continue reading

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Just how absurd the Low Value Good GST is

The extract below is from Chris Berg and my submission to to Senate inquiry. ~~~+++~~~ To highlight the absurdity of the Bill, we make use of one of the examples set out in the Explanatory Memorandum (pg. 21). Wei is … Continue reading

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Easter 2017

Long term Cats will have seen this before – but it has become something of a tradition to post this up at Easter. Several years ago my RMIT colleague Tim Fry and I had an Easter-themed op-ed in the Fin … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Taxation | 24 Comments

Tax Stats 2014-15

Every year the ATO put out their annual Tax Stats report. It is a treasure trove. I have – since the early noughties – been keeping track of the proportions on net income tax being paid by various income groups. … Continue reading

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Tax beat up

Yes, I know, I know. It’s not like the Fairfax media to beat up on taxation. This morning, however, there was this interesting story in the SMH: The tax on an Australian family earning $82,000 a year has risen to … Continue reading

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The new tax being proposed by the Turnbull government

Update I: Submission available here. Update II:  Chris Berg and I have an op-ed at The Australian on this topic. Chris Berg and I have made a submission to the Senate inquiry into the GST low value good bill. I’ll … Continue reading

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