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State taxation: Repeal, reform or resignation? paper

Published on 01 Jan 99 by Australian Tax Research Foundation

States on their own admission, imposed a grab bag of taxes which are more often than not, inefficient and inequitable. Moreover, these taxes are inadequate to meet the revenue needs of the States that have long articulated the case for greater financial autonomy. This volume reports on a one-day symposium which was designed to provide a forum for firmly placing State tax issues on the tax reform agenda prior to the release of the Federal governments tax reform proposals in August 1998.

The general consensus was that income tax base sharing was the preferred option for State governments. However, while this option did not find favour in the Federal Government's ANTS package of tax reforms, what was still largely left unresolved was the need for and direction of major
indirect tax reform at the State level. This study provides a highly relevant overview of the limitations of current State taxation, even after the States acquire the revenue from the proposed GST.

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Neil Warren
Neil works in the School of Taxation and Business Law, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales.
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