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Personal income tax reform in Australia: The way forward

Published on 01 Jul 06 by "AUSTRALIAN TAX FORUM" JOURNAL ARTICLE

This paper provides a summary overview of the personal income tax–transfer reform debate in Australia. It attempts to employ a balanced approach to examine the main issues and arguments put forward by various schools of thought with regard to tax reform. First, it explores in depth the meaning of tax reform and reaffirms that tax cuts are not necessarily tax reform. Secondly, it presents a brief diagnosis of Australia’s current personal income tax–transfer system. Thirdly, it surveys the tax theoretical literature as a guide to tax policy. Fourthly and finally, it discusses a variety of constraints and options for tax reform in Australia. It also outlines the three-stage approach (micro-simulation, Delphi study and surveying) to be adopted by the authors in their future tax reform studies.

Author profiles:

Paul Drum CTA
Paul is Senior Tax Counsel at CPA Australia. Current at 13 July 2006 Click here to expand/collapse more articles by Paul DRUM.
 
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Prof Christopher Evans
Chris is a Professor, School of Taxation & Business Law, UNSW Australia, Extraordinary Professor, Department of Taxation, University of Pretoria, and Senior Research Fellow, Tax Law and Policy Research Group, Monash University. Current at 01 October 2016 Click here to expand/collapse more articles by Chris EVANS.


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 Click here to expand/collapse more articles by Binh TRAN-NAM.

Garry Addison
Garry is Senior Tax Adviser with CPA Australia. Current at 13 July 2006 Click here to expand/collapse more articles by Garry ADDISON.

Brian ANDREW
Brian is a visiting fellow at Charles Darwin University.
Current at April 2007
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