Miscellaneous 2020

Tax reform: With 2020 vision

Source: Taxation In Australia Journal Article

Published Date: 1 Aug 2020


It is universally agreed that tax reform in Australia is necessary but obtaining agreement from all stakeholders on the design of an improved system, and implementing those improvements, seems an impossible task. Previous tax reform made some inroads, but our tax system has been creaking under its own weight for far too long. The COVID-19 pandemic may provide the impetus for reform. The Henry review remains a blueprint for the reform of Australia's tax system and many of the recommendations contained in the report are worthy of consideration, even 10 years on. Against this backdrop, this article considers issues with the taxation of fringe benefits, the corporate tax rate, the top marginal tax rate and the CGT discount, the taxation of trusts, small business tax concessions, Div 7A, individual tax residency, the personal services income rules, the superannuation guarantee regime, and the state of consultation on legislative amendments.

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