Category Archives: Taxation

Scold of The Year wants tax increase, ad bans, lolly crack-down

Australian of the Year calls for sugar tax to fight diabetes-caused blindness. Dr Muecke said a tax on sugary drinks must be on the table as part of efforts to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes – which afflicts at … Continue reading

Posted in property rights, Taxation | 30 Comments

Pyrmonter: … and again.

It’s that time of the year. As professional offices around the country launch into the networking frenzy (and HR disasters) of the festival season, out comes the ATO’s report on corporate income tax payment. This year’s reporting in the ABC … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Taxation | 8 Comments

Housing affordability cruelled by Netflix

A whole bunch of people owe Bernard Salt an apology. In 2016 he argued that the penchant for smashed avocado for breakfast was the reason many young people couldn’t get into the housing market. Not to be outdone, ASIC has … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Oppressive government, Taxation | 34 Comments

The supply of land is not fixed

Adam Creighton has managed to combine several of my pet hates into one article. Productivity growth has stagnated and a better tax system is among the obvious levers governments can pull to revive it. With bold reform on hold federally, … Continue reading

Posted in Taxation | 36 Comments

Some people never learn

A few years ago we posted a piece about Michael West – then employed by the now defunct Fairfax Media: An international expert who can’t tell the difference between revenue and taxable income? Really? A journalist that doesn’t bother to … Continue reading

Posted in Fake News, Taking out the trash, Taxation | 42 Comments

Robo-debt and Tyranny

So here is an interesting thing – the government is being sued. The occasion was the announcement at Parliament House by Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon that his law firm Gordon Legal will be launching a class action on behalf … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressive government, Politics, Rule of law, Taxation, Wasteful Spending | 56 Comments

I’m about to be arrested

I just received a phone call from the ATO advising me that I needed to make an immediate payment to avoid arrest. This is a scam – the ATO would never call in advance. They would just come and arrest … Continue reading

Posted in Gratuitous Advertising, Rule of law, Taking out the trash, Taxation | 45 Comments

Easter 2019

Our traditional Easter Post Several years ago my RMIT colleague Tim Fry and I had an Easter-themed op-ed in the Australian Financial Review. I have posted it before, but it is well worth revisiting. ~~~++~~~ Easter commemorates the death and … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Taxation | 25 Comments

Negative gearing policy cover up

Here is an interesting story from the AFR: Labor has deleted substantial detail on its negative gearing and capital gains tax policies from its housing policy website. On Tuesday Labor’s website has just over 10 paragraphs explaining the policies whereas less than a … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 election, Taking out the trash, Taxation | 7 Comments

Tax stats for 2016-17

The ATO have published their annual tax data (for 2016-2017).  I first started playing with this data in the early-mid noughties. It was so unknown then that I once had a referee to a journal article claim that the data … Continue reading

Posted in Taxation | 37 Comments