Business cash flow tax would lift investment

Original article by John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 9 : 3-Sep-19

Economist Ross Garnaut has called on the federal government to adopt a business cash flow tax that would incorporate a full deduction for corporate expenditure. He says a full tax write-off for business expenditure provides a significant incentive for investment, and is in line with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s recent call for companies to boost productivity by increasing capital investment in preference to share buybacks and special dividends. Garnaut and former federal Labor minister Craig Emerson have undertaken economic modelling on a possible switch from the traditional profit-based company tax to a tax based on cash flow.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, BHP GROUP LIMITED – ASX BHP

Labor tax breaks not enough

Original article by John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 8 : 18-Mar-19

Canadian economist Jack Mintz has produced a report on behalf of the Minerals Council of Australia. He concludes that reducing the company tax rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent would do more to ensure that the nation remains internationally competitive than Labor’s proposal to provide businesses with a 20 per cent tax write-off for capital expenditure exceeding $20,000. The report also argues that the manufacturing sector would gain more benefit from Labor’s policy than industries such as mining.

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MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Tax over-claimers gouge $8.7bn

Original article by Rachel Baxendale
The Australian – Page: 2 : 12-Jul-18

The Australian Taxation Office will seek to recover more than $A1bn worth of tax liabilities over the next four years, according to second commissioner Neil Olesen. Analysis shows that the Federal Government lost $8.7bn in tax revenue in 2014-15 as a result of individuals failing to comply with their tax obligations. In contrast, it is estimated that forgone tax revenue from companies was just $2.5bn.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, THE TAX INSTITUTE, CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

Small business in line for big win

Original article by David Crowe, Emily Ritchie
The Australian – Page: 5 : 9-May-17

A tax deduction that is popular with small business owners is due to expire on 30 June 2017. The "instant" deduction is able to be claimed against capital costs of up to $A20,000, and was first introduced by the Australian Labor Party in 2012. Peter Strong from the Council of Small Business Australia says he is hopeful that Treasurer Scott Morrison will announce an extension to the tax deduction in the May 2017 Budget.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, COUNCIL OF SMALL BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS OF AUSTRALIA LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND SCIENCE

$238bn tax shield cushions oil giants

Original article by Ben Butler
The Australian – Page: 19 & 22 : 13-Apr-17

Data from the Australian Taxation Office shows that Petroleum Resource Rent Tax revenue from oil and gas companies fell to just $A845m in 2015-16, compared with $A1.79bn in 2013-14. Meanwhile, the industry claimed a total of $A238bn in tax deductions for exploration expenditure under carry-forward regulations in 2015-16, compared with just $A970 million in 2003-04. The PRRT is currently the subject of two separate reviews, although oil and gas producers have warned that changes to the tax may deter future investment in Australia.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, WOODSIDE PETROLEUM LIMITED – ASX WPL, CHEVRON CORPORATION, GORGON PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, NICK XENOPHON TEAM, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

Another big miner in $1.2b ATO dispute

Original article by Peter Ker
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 30-Aug-16

An Australian subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsubishi claimed a $A1.22bn income tax deduction in 2009, which related to its acquisition of a coal tenement by the company’s joint venture with BHP Billiton in 2008. The Australian Taxation Office subsequently served Mitsubishi with a notice of amended assessment regarding the tax deduction. The tax dispute has yet to be resolved, although the ATO recently offered a settlement to Mitsubishi.

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MITSUBISHI CORPORATION, MITSUBISHI DEVELOPMENT PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, BHP BILLITON LIMITED – ASX BHP, BM ALLIANCE COAL OPERATIONS PTY LTD, NEW HOPE CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX NHC, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, GLENCORE PLC

Double-dippers stand by rules

Original article by Jared Owens, Rebecca Puddy, Sid Maher
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 23-May-16

Some 52 past and current MPs have declared a financial interest in residential properties in Canberra since the 2013 federal election. While the majority have not replied to enquiries as to whether they had claimed a travel allowance for staying in their Canberra home, Australian Labor Party MP Brendan O’Connor is the only one to have stated that he did not make such a claim. Five MPs have acknowledged that they have claimed both the travel allowance and a tax deduction associated with their Canberra home.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, AUSTRALIAN GREENS

Treasury against debt tax trade-off

Original article by Joanna Mather, Primrose Riordan
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 25-Jan-16

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison says that reducing tax deductions will not generate sufficient revenue to fund tax reforms. However, the Treasury’s submission to parliament’s economics committee has argued against financing a corporate tax cut via the abolition of tax deductions for corporate debt. This view is shared by the Business Council of Australia and companies such as CSL and Inpex, which have also made submissions to the inquiry.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, BUSINESS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, CSL LIMITED – ASX CSL, INPEX CORPORATION, KPMG AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. PARLIAMENTARY BUDGET OFFICE, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Hockey’s budget hole heading to $41b

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1-Apr : 17-Jul-14

The Australian Government may face resistance in the Senate to its plans to abolish some $A4bn worth of tax breaks as part of its proposal to repeal the mining tax. Two independent senators intend to vote against scrapping the tax breaks, and the defeat of this measure would be another blow for the Government, which has already faced opposition from Palmer United Party senators to several other measures that are linked to the mining tax

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PALMER UNITED PARTY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY