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Towards systemic reform of the Australian personal income tax


This paper provides an overview of a research project designed to develop a model of a personal income tax (“PIT”) system for Australia that is capable of commanding widespread expert and community support while still delivering the expected revenue flow and tax policy objectives that are expected from a PIT. In this way, the project seeks to inform and influence the contemporary debate about reform of the Australian PIT. The proposals developed from the project were derived using an innovative and iterative combination of research methodologies, involving micro-simulation, a Delphi technique and extensive surveys of taxpayers and tax practitioners.

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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.
Binh is an Associate Professor, School of Taxation and Business Law, UNSW and Senior Fellow, Taxation Law and Policy Research Institute, Monash University.
Current at 01 May 2014
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Brian is a visiting fellow at Charles Darwin University.
Current at April 2007
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