Published on 01 Apr 13
by "TAXATION IN AUSTRALIA" JOURNAL ARTICLE
The following is an edited transcript of Michael Butler’s presentation at The Tax Institute/Australian Tax Research Foundation’s event, Revolutionising state taxes — finding a way forward, held in Adelaide on 13 December 2012. Focusing on South Australian state taxes, Michael answers a series of questions as he ponders what state tax reform might look like from a practitioner’s point of view. He defines what tax reform involves and what it takes to make it happen. He considers which state taxes are ripe for reform, such as payroll tax and transfer duties and land tax. He also discusses the fact that state tax reform is unlikely to happen without the GST base and rate being properly looked at. Michael also looks at the importance of state tax reform in the Asian Century.
Michael Butler FTIA is a Partner at Finlaysons' Tax & Revenue Group. Michael advises both domestic
and foreign clients on federal, international and state tax matters, and has a special interest in property tax
issues. Michael is the author of the book "Australian Federal Company Taxation" and a regular contributor to Taxation
Institute of Australia events.
Current at 23 March 2009
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