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As we approach 2024, the Austaxpolicy team would like to thank everyone who contributed, read, commented, and supported the blog in 2023. We also wish everyone a joyous and safe end to the year.

Starting today, we are taking our summer break down under, pausing blog publications until the end of January. We will be back rejuvenated, ready to share fresh energy and engaging new posts.

In 2023, we continued to showcase insights and analyses on tax and transfer policies, drawing from the latest academic research across various disciplines. With contributions from 73 experts, we published 66 articles and over 160 new pieces.

If you’re keen on catching up with our blog posts during this holiday season, explore our 2023 articles listed below.



Mathias Sinning, Sonali Walpola and Yuan Ping.



Are Residential Landlords Leading the Way on Income Tax Non-Compliance?

Three Perspectives on Compliance Challenges of the BEPS Two-Pillar Solution

Why We Need to Track Intergenerational School Performance

What Impairs the ‘Money Machine’ of VAT in Developing Countries?

An Indirect Effect of Mandated Tax Disclosure: Voluntary Disclosure of Additional Tax Information



A Matter of Trust? Corporate Taxpayers’ Experience with the ATO’s Justified Trust Program

Tax Breaks Cost a Reported $250 Billion, But Handle These New Figures With Care

Tax Events in the Life Cycle of Digital Tokens

Stop Super Tinkering, Start Asking How to Tax All Savings Fairly

Can Basic Income Help Address Homelessness?

Perrottet’s Child Trust Fund Policy Dusts Off an Idea Last Tried by UK Labour

The Proposed 30 Per Cent Superannuation Earnings Tax: Substantive Reform or Policy on the Run?

Why Robodebt’s Use of ‘Income Averaging’ Lacked Basic Common Sense

The Elasticity of Taxable Income of Low-Income Earners: Bunching Evidence from Spain



The Importance of Energy Justice for Oil and Gas Taxation

Building Legitimacy through Storytelling: Are Fairness Arguments Effective in Driving Tax Cooperation on Pillar 1?

Do We Have a Human Rights-based Duty to Pay Tax

A Fiscal Exploration of the Social Contract in Times of Crisis – Financially Sound or Unfair to the Taxpayers?



Removal of the Tampon Tax: A Costless or Pyrrhic Victory?

Budget Forum 2023: The Priorities of Australians Ahead of Budget 2023-24

Budget Forum 2023: Straightening Out the Super Tax Breaks Debate

Budget Forum 2023: How Removing Parenting Payments When Children Turned 8 Harmed Rather Than Helped Single Mothers

Budget Forum 2023: Labor Could and Should Have Gone Stronger on the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax

Budget Forum 2023: A Small Investment in the Budget With a Big Policy Return?

Budget Forum 2023: Equity Is Hard to Achieve When Unfairness Is Baked into the System

Budget Forum 2023: Stage 3 Tax Cuts and JobSeeker – A Slightly Different View

Budget Forum 2023: Will the Budget Reduce Inflation?

Budget Forum 2023: Financial Support for Those on Low Incomes

Budget Forum 2023: Inflation Forecast, Fiscal Policy and Personal Income Tax Rates

Budget Forum 2023: The Costly and Unfair Stage 3 Tax Cuts Will Undermine the Progressive Income Tax and Worsen Inequality

Is New Zealand on a ‘Slippery Slope’ With Tax Policy?



It’s Time to End Western Australia’s $4 Billion-Per-Year GST Bonus

Discretionary Trusts: How and Why the Income Tax Rules are Grossly Unfair

Australian Taxpayers’ Propensity to Adopt myTax E-Filling

How to Turn Stamp Duty Into a Land Tax Overnight

The Geography of Corporate Tax Avoidance



A Note on Abolishing Stamp Duty on Land

Are Australian BEPS Countermeasures Effective?

Why the French Are Rebelling and Australians Aren’t

Why the French Are Rebelling and Australians Aren’t: Part 2

Volatile Mining Royalties and State Government Budget Decisions

Are Tax Credits an Option to Support Political Party Funding in Aotearoa New Zealand?

Reform Needed to Stamp Out Use of Children as “Taxpayer” of Convenience



Opposition’s JobSeeker Plans Would at First Leave 640,000 Worse off and 168,000 Better off

Tax Practitioners’ Views on Key TPB Review Recommendations

What Is the Future of Individual Tax Residence Under the Proposed Rules?

Level the Tax-Raising Playing Field

Increasing Government Income Support Directly Reduces the Need for People to Use Charity

Rethinking the Laffer Curve From an Individual Approach: Evidence from the Spanish Income Tax

Too Much of a Good Thing? Australian Cash Transfer Replacement Rates During the Pandemic



Should Child Benefits Be Universal or Means-Tested?

Are Australian BEPS Countermeasures Effective? Further Evidence

‘Don’t Play if You Can’t Win’: Does Disadvantage in the Super System Explain Low Levels of Engagement?

Do Multinationals Shift Profits Out of Developing Countries? Evidence From Indonesia

Accounting for Uncertain Tax Positions and Lenders’ Risk Evaluations



‘Fair(ness) Go(ne)’? Foreigner Surcharge Taxes and Tax Non-Discrimination

Is Unpaid Tax the Canary in the Coalmine?

Taking a Closer Look at Australian Individual Giving Trends



Is the Tax Regime for Charities and Not-For-Profit Entities “Fit for Purpose”?

The 50% CGT Discount: A Cluster Analysis of Individual Taxpayers With Capital Gains

High Court Holds State Consumption Taxes Constitutionally Invalid

Shifting from Prepaid to Periodic GST on the Consumption of Residential Premises

Stamp Duty Reform: How to Thread the Needle Between Economic and Political Objectives



Machine Learning in the Welfare System

The Challenges of Estimating the Fiscal Impact of Switching to a Formulary Apportionment Regime

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