Skip to main content

Your shopping cart is empty

Fact or fiction? A sustainable tax transparent form for closely held businesses in Australia


Currently a comprehensive review is being undertaken of the Australian tax system (the Henry Review). One of the potential reforms to be considered by the Henry Review is a proposal by the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and Deloitte for the introduction of a tax transparent company (the ICAA proposal). The ICAA proposal argues that tax transparency applying to closely held corporations and unit trusts will reduce their compliance burden and facilitate an enhanced tax system for micro-enterprises. If the claims made in the ICAA proposal are accurate, it could be contended that a tax transparent company provides a more sustainable tax system for closely held businesses in Australia.

Author profile:

Author Photo - Brett Freudenberg CTA
Dr Brett Freudenberg CTA
Brett works at the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith Business School, Griffith University. In addition to his taxation teaching, Brett was awarded a PhD for his research into tax transparent companies in the US, the UK and New Zealand, and how Australian closely held businesses may benefit from their introduction. In 2009 Brett was invited to present his PhD research findings to the Australian Treasury as part of the Henry Tax Review. In 2006 Brett received a Fulbright Award, which saw him conducting research at the University of Illinois to analyse the proliferation of new business forms in the United States and their potential application for Australian businesses. Brett has published refereed articles in leading Australian and international tax journals. In addition to his tax expertise, Brett has received a number of teaching accolades, including in 2008 a national teaching citation from the Australian Learning & Teaching Council for his outstanding contributions to student learning. Current at 01 July 2016 Click here to expand/collapse more articles by Brett FREUDENBERG.
Copyright Statement