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Winding back the stage three tax cuts would be a backwards step

Australia’s productivity agenda is already going backwards in industrial relations. So Labor needs to retain the stage three 30 per cent tax bracket as an incentive-sharpening structural tax reform.

  • The AFR View

Labor signals delay to franked dividend hit

Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones has signalled the government may delay the start date of its crackdown, but won’t back down on the “tax integrity” measure.

  • John Kehoe

Media Watch’s false impression on Queensland land tax coverage

Viewers of the ABC’s Media Watch got a false impression of the Australian Financial Review’s coverage of the Queensland government’s now-abandoned land tax changes.

  • Updated
  • The AFR View

Why this super fund wants public schools and hospitals to be sold

Governments should sell hospitals and schools and then lease the facilities if they want super funds to invest in nation-building, Mercer’s David Bryant says.

  • Michael Read
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Let the states specialise in services and leave tax to the feds

The Queensland land tax debacle adds to the strong body of evidence for handing all revenue-raising responsibility to the Commonwealth.

  • Robert Breunig

September

Queensland makes right tax call

Queensland’s retreat on property tax would be a win for everyone if it turned into a wider overhaul of taxes

  • The AFR View

World economic outlook darkening and disrupted: Cormann

Australia’s former finance minister Mathias Cormann said progress on a global tax reform project was growing, despite sustained pressure on the rules-based order.

  • Tom McIlroy

TikTok’s $2 billion fraud challenge for the ATO

This is the Tax Office’s social media nightmare dilemma: you can’t take 40,000 people to court.

  • Neil Chenoweth

Big Four accounting firms dodge a bullet

The Tax Office’s grand plan to rein in wayward tax advisers is now all about self-regulation. What could go wrong?

  • Neil Chenoweth

Queensland’s property raid justifies tax review

What happens to a nation that does not have a proper policy framework for taxation? It ends up with any new tax that governments can randomly think of or can get away with.

  • The AFR View

Gerry Harvey slams Labor’s retrospective dividend hit

Westpac and Harvey Norman shareholders could receive shock tax bills due to the government’s proposed retrospective crackdown on franked dividends funded by capital raisings.

  • John Kehoe

Super funds targeted in franked dividend crackdown

The $3.4 trillion superannuation sector is a target of the Albanese government’s proposal to stop companies paying investors fully franked dividends funded by capital raisings.

  • Updated
  • John Kehoe

Labor ‘at it again’ in surprise move on dividends

The Albanese government has shocked investors by proposing to retrospectively stop companies paying shareholders fully franked dividends that are funded by capital raisings.

  • John Kehoe

Explainer: Why is Labor reviewing franking credits?

The Albanese government is proposing to stop companies paying shareholders fully franked dividends that are funded by capital raisings.

  • John Kehoe
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Stage three tax cut debate will be cancelled

Labor running a ‘big national conversation’ about ‘how we fund the things that we value’ will end up only one way – a discussion on how to raise taxes.

  • John Roskam

Australia taxes workers and business more than other countries: OECD

Australia relies on taxing personal income and business profits more than any other advanced economy, a new report by the OECD says.

  • John Kehoe

How to build a modern data organisation

The Australian Tax Office has long been a leader in the use of computer technology to collect taxes. Its transformation into a data-centric organisation is a case study other public sector agencies.

  • Tom Burton

We can do better than ‘Saudi Australia’

Rather than emulating Venezuela, we could adopt a Norwegian model of government co-investment in future mining projects.

  • Richard Holden

Tick-a-box ‘best interest’ test for financial advisers must go

The poorly crafted regulation to protect against bad advice can actually prevent consumers from receiving good advice and is not worth saving.

  • Michael Mathieson