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15 Jul 1111 The Tax Institute in the media

After the release of the Government's Carbon Tax package on Sunday 10 July 2011, The Tax Institute issued a press release calling for the Government to double the duration of its planned two-day Tax Forum and put implementation of the carbon tax at the top of the agenda. You can read the media release here.

This was followed on the same day by my TV interview on SkyNews to discuss our thoughts on the carbon tax.

The Tax Institute's media release was reported on the Dynamic Business on Monday 11 July 2011: "Calls for carbon tax to top agenda at Government Tax Forum".  We also conducted live radio interviews on 11 July on both 2SM and ABC (702 AM).

The Smart Company website quoted The Tax Institute in two separate articles on 11 July: "Carbon Tax: Experts welcome instant asset tax write-off for small business" and "Personal tax changes tinkering rather than reform, experts say".

On Tuesday 12 July 2011, I was interviewed live on the Ross Greenwood MoneyNews radio show on 2GB and 3MTR, which you can listen to here.  We discussed the tax-free threshold changes accompanying the carbon tax announcement.

The Australian published an opinion piece written by The Tax Institute on Wednesday 13 July 2011: "Tax reform the great con of the PM's green policy". The article commented on the lack of real tax reform in the carbon tax announcement and you can read it here.

On Thursday 14 July 2011 the Smart Company website quoted The Tax Institute on the ACCC's role in issuing guidance on carbon tax price rises: "ACCC should release price rise guidelines for carbon tax: Experts". You can read the article here.

The Australian Financial Review quoted The Tax Institute on Friday 15 July 2011 in relation to tax advice privilege and the Government's consultation paper on whether to codify the ATO's Accountants' Concession: "Accountants plead for privilege". In the article we say that members have problems with the accountants' concession in that the ATO can pierce the concession unilaterally. Tax advice privilege would likely look different to that for legal advice but the driving point would be the same. A taxpayer should be able to go to their adviser and speak openly and honestly without fear the ATO will access the advice papers; the ultimate benefit is to the community.

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