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A comparative analysis of tax advisers’ perception of small business tax law complexity: United States, Australia and New Zealand


There is no doubt that the tax laws of many countries are complex and difficult to comply with administratively. In particular, Australia, New Zealand and the United States have tax systems that are generally recognized as complex especially for small businesses. They also have the distinction of having had a significant portion of their tax policy literature address the issue of complexity and its impact. What has been given scant recognition is the ability of different tax systems to learn from the successes and failures of each other.

This article will try to bridge that gap by comparing tax advisers’ perceptions of tax law complexities in these three jurisdictions that impact a crucial segment of the economy, small business.

Author profiles

Binh Tran-Nam
Binh is a Professor, School of Taxation & Business Law, UNSW Australia and RMIT Asia Graduate Centre, RMIT University Vietnam, and International Fellow, Tax Administration Research Centre, Exeter University-Institute for Fiscal Studies. - Current at 03 November 2016
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Dr Brett Freudenberg CTA
Photo of author, Brett FREUDENBERG Brett Freudenberg is an Associate Professor – Taxation at Griffith University (Australia). Brett is known for his research expertise in the tax law and policy issues facing private enterprises, as evidenced by his Fulbright Scholarship (2006) and over 50 refereed publications in leading Australian and international journals. Associate Professor Freudenberg’s research has analysed whether Australia should introduce a tax flow-through company (S Corporation), the tax treatment of discretionary trusts and the motivation for choice of business structure. Associate Professor Freudenberg’s research has informed government policy as he was invited to present his PhD research findings to the Australian Treasury as part of the Henry Tax Review. Brett is passionate about education being a transformative process, and his effectiveness as a teacher has been recognised through five national awards (including the award of two Australian Learning and Teaching Council citations: 2008 & 2011). - Current at 29 May 2017
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Ranjana GUPTA
Ranjana is a Senior Lecturer,Taxation, Law School, Faculty of Business and Law, Auckland University of Technology.
Current at 01 March 2015
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Stewart is a professor in the College of Business, San Jose State University and a Visiting Fellow in the Taxation Law and Policy Research Institute, Deakin University.
Current at 20 July 2004
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