Crown pays Victoria $61m in unpaid taxes

Original article by Elouise Fowler
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 28-Jul-21

Crown Resorts has advised that it will pay some $37m of unpaid gambling taxes to the Victorian government, plus $24m worth of penalty interest. However, counsel assisting the state’s royal commission into Crown Resorts recently told the inquiry that Crown’s total unpaid tax bill dating back to 2012 could potentially be around $480m, a figure that has been disputed by the casinos group. The unpaid tax bill relates to the rewards program associated with Crown’s electronic gaming machines.

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CROWN RESORTS LIMITED – ASX CWN

Lower corporate taxes vital to growth

Original article by Tom Dusevic
The Australian – Page: 2 : 30-Jun-21

The Business Council of Australia has released a discussion paper which calls for an overhaul of the nation’s tax system. The BCA contends that tax revenue is too heavily skewed toward the largest companies and the three per cent of individuals who pay the highest personal income tax, and the tax system must evolve in line with a changing economy. BCA CEO Jennifer Westacott says the 30 per cent company tax rate in particular needs to be reviewed, given that the OECD and the Group of Seven have proposed a global minimum corporate tax rate of just 15 per cent.

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BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT, GROUP OF SEVEN (G-7)

ATO warns businesses not to use loopholes to exploit $30bn Covid tax concessions

Original article by Paul Karp
The Guardian Australia – Page: Online : 30-Oct-20

Australian Taxation Office second commissioner Jeremy Hirschhorn has urged companies to "think twice" about using artificial mechanisms to take advantage of stimulus measures contained in the recent federal budget. Worth over $30 billion, the measures relate to instant expensing and loss carryback provisions. He has also criticised companies that used JobKeeper wage subsidies to pay dividends, noting that there had been adverse community reaction to companies who had done so. Hirschhorn notes 92.5 per cent of companies comply with their tax obligations when lodging tax returns, with this increasing to 96.3 per cent after ATO compliance activity.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE

Reform taxes to help economy recover, IMF tells Australia

Original article by John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 2 : 26-Oct-20

Harald Finger of the International Monetary Fund has expressed support for federal government measures such as the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Finger also agrees that the JobKeeper scheme needs to be wound back as the domestic economy recovers, and the focus should shift to economic reforms that boost growth in productivity and investment. The IMF Mission chief to Australia also advocates a reduction in the corporate tax rate and increasing the goods and services tax.

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INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND

Australia among highest corporate tax collectors: OECD

Original article by Matthew Cranston, Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 9-Jul-20

A report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development shows that corporate tax accounted for about 5.5 per cent of Australia’s GDP in 2017. This compares with an average of three per cent across all OECD member nations. The US and the Bahamas are among 15 jurisdictions whose corporate tax rates comprise less than two per cent of GDP. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg contends that Australia’s lower value add tax is a key reason for the nation’s personal and corporate income tax rates being higher than the OECD average.

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ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

Cut tax to spark mining boom

Original article by Geoff Chambers
The Australian – Page: 1 & 5 : 25-May-20

The Minerals Council of Australia has urged the federal government to reduce the company tax rate as part of its post-coronavirus economic strategy. MCA CEO Tania Constable says the nation’s corporate tax rate is not internationally competitive, and measures such as tax reform and speeding up project approvals could prompt a new wave of resources projects worth around $100bn. Master Builders Australia has in turn called for a $13.2bn stimulus package for the construction industry. Prime Minister Scott Morrison will deliver an economic recovery speech on 26 May.

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MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, MASTER BUILDERS AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Tax-slugged miners are bankrolling us all

Original article by Geoff Chambers
The Australian – Page: 2 : 10-Mar-20

A report produced by KPMG on behalf of the Minerals Council of Australia highlights the importance of the mining sector to government revenue. It shows that corporate taxes and royalties have accounted for 39- 49 per cent of the sector’s earnings since 2011-12. MCA CEO Tania Constable says that on average, the minerals sector has paid more than $20bn in taxes and royalties annually over this period. She adds that the sector is helping to finance infrastructure projects and the salaries of public sector workers such as teachers and nurses.

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MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, KPMG AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Alcoa owes $212m taxes, ATO claims

Original article by Nick Evans
The Australian – Page: 19 : 24-Feb-20

Alcoa has stated in its latest financial report that its Australian unit has been served with a $212 million tax bill by the Australian Taxation Office. Alcoa has stated that the ATO is of the view that Alcoa of Australia has underpaid tax on the sale of alumina, which it produces in Western Australia. A spokeswoman for Alcoa of Australia has stated that it disputes the ATO’s claim, and it plans to make use of the statutory rights available to it to challenge the ATO’s position.

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ALCOA INCORPORATED, ALCOA OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE

Google settles $481m tax brawl

Original article by David Swan
The Australian – Page: 3 : 19-Dec-19

The Australian Taxation Office’s deputy commissioner Mark Konza has welcomed Google’s decision to settle a long-running tax dispute. The technology company has agreed to pay $481m to resolve the dispute, which centred on tax audits covering the period from 2008 to 2018. A Google spokeswoman has emphasised that the settlement does not constitute an admission of liability. Google’s Australian earnings topped $1bn in 2018, but it paid just $25.6m in tax. Konza says the ATO will pursue at least one other technology company.

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GOOGLE INCORPORATED, GOOGLE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, ATLASSIAN CORPORATION PLC, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED

ATO labels 102 companies as systemic non-payers of tax

Original article by Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 12-Dec-19

Data from the Australian Taxation Offices shows that the combined tax take from the nation’s 2,200 largest corporate taxpayers was $52.3bn in 2017-18. The data shows that 710 companies did not pay any tax during the financial year, while deputy commissioner Rebecca Saint says 102 companies across all sectors of the economy are "systemic non-payers". She notes that tax receipts from oil and gas companies will increase in coming years, after many booked losses during the construction phase of their projects.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE