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The rise and rise of tax compliance costs for the small business sector in Australia


This paper presents the results of a survey that has collected fresh data about the compliance burden imposed by the tax system upon small business taxpayers in Australia. The study is one part of an international research project which is evaluating and comparing tax compliance costs affecting the small business sector across four countries. In addition to the measurement and analysis of tax compliance costs, the study seeks to differentiate tax compliance activities from core accounting activities in order to identify the managerial benefits of tax compliance that may compensate taxpayers for some of the compliance costs.

It also investigates whether various small business concessional regimes are achieving their objective of relieving some of the effects of the compliance burden.

Author profiles:

Dr Philip Lignier
Philip works at the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Griffith University, Australia. Current at 01 June 2011 Click here to expand/collapse more articles by Philip LIGNIER.
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Prof Christopher Evans
Chris is Professor of Taxation and former Head of the Australian School of Taxation (Atax) at UNSW Australia. He specialises in comparative taxation, capital and wealth taxation, tax law and administration, tax policy and reform. His PhD from UNSW was a comparative study of the operating costs of taxing capital gains. He also holds a master’s degree in European Political Integration from Leicester University and a Bachelor’s honours degree in Economics from London University, as well as postgraduate educational qualifications from Leeds University. He has researched and published extensively in taxation, and is a co-author of Australian Taxation Law and Cooper & Evans on CGT. He is General Editor of Australian Tax Review and Editorial Board member of other journals. He has served on a number of governmental and professional body committees and working parties in Australia and overseas, including the UK’s Mirrlees Committee and the HMRC International Panel on tax administration. Current at 04 July 2014 Click here to expand/collapse more articles by Chris EVANS.
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