Category Archives: Taxation

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

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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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Big business doesn’t need you

Scott Morrison was out and about today begging big business for help. “I have raised consistently with large business representatives the need to address the broader collective reputation issues large businesses have with the Australian public that are being cynically … Continue reading

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Why isn’t this just a 10% tariff?

So the GST is often described as being a tax on consumption – that was the intention of the government when it was introduced. But in fact it is not legislated as a tax on consumption – the legal incidence … Continue reading

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The government doesn’t pay your super

Paul Howes had an extended op-ed in the AFR Review on Friday talking about compulsory Super. In it he relates this anecdote: I can’t recall the member’s name, but she was a middle-aged woman who just started working part-time in an … Continue reading

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Does Wayne Swan know anything about tax?

No. Probably not. This is the man who thought the mining industry paid 13% in income tax. Well the old goose is still at it: “I want to speak out on the issues I’m passionate about and in a way … Continue reading

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The CBO on tax rates

This morning Andrew Leigh sent out this tweet: US Congressional Budget Office finds Aust’s statutory company rate is in middle of G20 pack. Average/effective rates are lower still #auspol pic.twitter.com/4TVdlo1XxO — Andrew Leigh (@ALeighMP) April 2, 2017 Importantly his tweet … Continue reading

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