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Taxing the Intangible: Overview of global approaches and a review of recent policy changes in the UK


This paper examines the current approaches to taxation of intangibles in three different jurisdictions: Australia, the US and the UK, with a primary focus on the UK. The first part of the paper outlines the economic impact of various intangible assets. It then outlines the accounting issues related to intangibles as a foundation to an overview of the current tax treatment of intangible assets and goodwill in the three jurisdictions largely built on these accounting principles. The paper then focuses on the recent changes to UK legislation for taxing intellectual property, goodwill and other intangibles. The paper illustrates that, whilst these changes were important, they by no means go as far as they may have gone, given existing knowledge in the area and even the apparent desires of the policy makers in proposing the tax reform in this area. It however, illustrates a promising trend in the process of tax reform debate.

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Prof Michael Walpole CTA
Prof Michael Walpole is a Professor of Taxation Law in the School of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation (including Atax) at UNSW Business School. Prior to academic life, Michael was variously a Tax Consultant with Ernst & Young, and was in private practice as a legal practitioner. Michael has authored and co-authored several books, including Proposals for the Reform of the Taxation of Goodwill, Understanding Taxation Law, and Compliance Cost Control. Michael has also written and presented many papers on his research topics to practitioner and academic audiences in Australia and overseas. He is the editor of the Australian Tax Forum and is an International Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Business Tax in the Said Business School, University of Oxford. He has been a visiting Professor at the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration and remains involved in its work on GST/VAT. - Current at 21 December 2020
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Andrew LYMER
Andrew is a Senior Lecturer in Taxation and Information Systems at the University of Birmingham Business School in the UK. His research work relates to international taxation, and to the role of IT and information systems in business, with a particular focus on the impact and influence of the Internet.
Current at 25 August 2003
David was, until recently, a researcher and postgraduate student at the University of Birmingham Business School. He is currently completing his professional tax examinations in the UK with KPMG.
Current at 25 August 2003
Gary is the Pricewaterhouse Coopers Term Professor in the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida and the director of its accounting PhD program.
Current at 25 August 2003


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