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Tax reform: Selected issues


This article builds on the introductory piece authored by Bob Deutsch and is complementary to the article authored by Robyn Jacobson, both of which are published in this issue of the journal. The article reminds readers of some history, addresses some selected issues in tax, including the problems in the current system, the design of those selected areas and some options to improve the system overall. The areas covered include GST, general business tax issues, tax administration and governance, and complexity. Notably, in these current articles, state taxes have not been addressed. That will be the subject of a separate article soon.

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Andrew Mills CTA-Life
Photo of author, Andrew MILLS Andrew is the Director, Tax Policy and Technical at the Tax Institute, a Senior Fellow at Melbourne University Law School and a member of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute Advisory Board. Previously, Andrew was the Second Commissioner, Law Design & Practice, at the Australian Taxation Office from 2013 - 2019. Andrew has 40 years’ experience in taxation, including periods in the ATO, commerce and the tax profession. Andrew was a Director at Greenwoods & Freehills for more than 20 years and managing director of the firm from 2006 to 2011. Andrew was President of The Tax Institute in 2006–2007 and is a former Governor of the Taxation Research Foundation. In practice, Andrew was an active participant and representative of a number of industry bodies and a lecturer in the taxation in the Masters program at Sydney Law School. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business, a Master of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Tax Law. Andrew is a Chartered Taxation Adviser (Life), a member of the Australian Executive Committee of the International Fiscal Association and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. - Current at 03 November 2020
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