Welcome to Austaxpolicy, the blog of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at the Crawford School of Public Policy, The ANU.

Austaxpolicy is designed to inform and promote public and policy debate on taxes and transfers informed by the latest academic research. Austaxpolicy features insight and analysis from experts of all disciplines at the intersection of research and policy on all aspects of taxes and transfers, including all types of tax and welfare system, budget policy, intergovernmental financial relations and public finance.

Austaxpolicy is edited by Helen Ping, Mathias Sinning, Max Bruce and Sonali Walpola. Editing, technical and administrative support are provided by Teck Chi Wong and Diane Paul.

Austaxpolicy publishes work from experts across a range of relevant disciplines and topics, with regular contributions from staff at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute. The Editors of Austaxpolicy welcome original contributions from authors from all disciplinary backgrounds with expertise on tax and transfer policy. If you are interested in contributing an article to the blog, please go to the Submit an Article page or contact us for more details.


This blog includes reportage and opinion. The reportage and opinions on this blog are for general information only and are not tax or legal advice. The opinions expressed in articles and comments on this blog are those of the individual authors and do not represent the opinions of the editors, or the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, the Crawford School of Public Policy, the ANU or the institutions to which the authors are attached.


Austaxpolicy welcomes comments on articles that engage in the research and policy debate, add depth to analysis and bring up important new issues. Original comments adding insight and contributing to analysis are especially encouraged. All comments are moderated by the editorial team and the editors retain the right to refuse and edit comments at any time.

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