Australia in Recession as Economy Shrinks 0.3% in First Quarter

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg confirmed yesterday that Australia is in its first recession in 29 years after the economy dropped 0.3 per cent in the March… Read More ›

US Expands Digital Services Tax Investigations

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that his office is beginning investigations into digital services taxes that have been adopted or are being considered… Read More ›

GIFT Releases COVID-19 Fiscal Transparency Guide for Inputs

In an effort to help responding to the urgent need for transparency and accountability in COVID-19 extraordinary fiscal packages, the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency… Read More ›

Working Papers on Taxation in New Zealand

Victoria Business School’s Working Papers in Public Finance series Designing Direct Tax Reforms: Alternative Approaches, Working Paper 01/2020 By Nazila Alinaghi, John Creedy and Norman… Read More ›

Australian Government to Refund $721 million in Robo-Debts

The Australian Government has announced it will refund $721 million worth of welfare debts it raised through the controversial method of averaging ATO income data… Read More ›

ACOSS and UNSW Report Finds Women With Caring Responsibilities at Greater Risk of Poverty Before COVID-19

New analysis of poverty in Australia finds that, before COVID-19, households with children with a female main income earner were more than twice as likely… Read More ›

Melbourne Institute: Who’s Hit Hardest by COVID19 Economic Impact?

Who’s hit hardest by the economic effects of COVID-19?, Melbourne Institute Research Insight No. 10/20 By Roger Wilkins (Melbourne Institute) Abstract The COVID-19 crisis has… Read More ›

OECD: Early Planning by Tax Administrations Key to Support Individual and Business Taxpayers Towards COVID19 Recovery

Recovery from the profound impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s lives, jobs, businesses and the wider economy is likely to be lengthy, challenging and… Read More ›

Economist Alberto Alesina Dies at 63

Alberto Alesina, the Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University, passed away on Saturday (23 May 2020) at age 63. He was well… Read More ›

Treasury Revises JobKeeper Cost to $70 Billion

The Australian Government’s JobKeeper program is now expected to cost $70 billion instead of $130 billion. Last week, the ATO and Treasury advised the Government… Read More ›