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Senior Tax Counsel's Report: More than initials - FBT, FTB, TOFA, JCPAA, and other tax developments


A large budget surplus in the lead up to the May budget has kept tax issues in the media over the last three months. Debate has focused on issues such as reducing/aligning tax rates, the need to remove high effective marginal rates on families receiving family tax benefit with joint income between $45,000 and $50,000, and reform of the taxation treatment of childcare by allowing deductibility of child care expenses and/or extending the FBT concession in respect of employer provided childcare.

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Prof Michael Dirkis CTA
Michael is Professor of Taxation Law at the University of Sydney. He has a PhD on Australian international taxation and is a noted researcher, having authored Is it Australia's? Residency and Source Analysed (2005, Australian Tax Research Foundation), as well as authoring and co-authoring over 590 publications and papers. From May 1999 until October 2009 he was, as Senior Tax Counsel for the Taxation Institute, in the forefront of the all major tax reform and taxation administration reforms. He continues his involvement as a member of the Treasury's Tax Treaties Advisory Panel and the Education Committee of the Tax Practitioners Board. He was awarded the Australasian Tax Teachers Association's Graham Hill medal in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to the teaching of taxation law and policy" on 21 January 2010. - Current at 29 October 2012
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