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Me quoted in Fairfax papers on tax haven use
Me quoted by Georgia Wilkins in The Age (and other Fairfax publications) today. John Passant, from the school of political science and international relations, at the Australian National University, said the trend noted by Computershare was further evidence multinationals did not take global regulators seriously. ”US companies are doing this on the hard-nosed basis that any [regulatory] changes that will be made won’t have an impact on their ability to avoid tax,” he said. ”They think it is going to take a long time for the G20 to take action, or that they are just all talk.” (1)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
You can prove my 2 ex-comrades wrong by donating to my blog En Passant at BSB: 062914 Account: 1067 5257, the Commonwealth Bank in Tuggeranong, ACT. More... (12)

My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole
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Real debate?
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System change, not climate change
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Archive for 'Australian Tax Office'

Why is the ATO losing the battle against multinationals?

Why the Australian Tax Office is losing the battle against the ‘transnationals’.

Global companies like Google, Starbucks and IKEA are cashing in on cuts to the Australian Taxation Office’s ability to make them pay their fair share of taxes here, an ATO insider has warned.

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This echoes something I wrote in 2008 for the public sector informant in the Canberra Times.

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Cost of Australian Tax Office job cuts outweighs salary savings

Me in today’s Canberra Times letters. Scroll about half way down. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/ct-letters/big-parties-cashed-up-20140824-3e7x5.html

The real duds in the Australian Tax Office

It is my understanding that the loss of long term experienced tax officers is already having an impact on revenue collections and with more job cuts to come the decline in collections, especially from the tax risk takers in big business, will only get worse. But not to worry. Treasurer Joe Hockey can just use that as further ‘evidence’ to back up his false claims about a Budget emergency and cut more public services and public service jobs. The 1% will be pleased.

The new Commissioner of Taxation – a reprise

Has newly appointed Commissioner of Taxation Chris Jordan been involved in tax avoidance arrangements for his clients or even himself? Will he, for example, release his tax returns for the last ten years?

Tax Commissioner axed

Tax Office staff are in shock over the Labor Government’s axing of the Commissioner of Taxation, Michael D’Ascenzo. More shocks are in store. What better way to gut the Tax Office than for business to appoint one of their own to lead it? Is there an alternative? Yes. Tax the rich and give the ATO enough funding for it to do its job as the collector of tax rather than the handmaiden of business. Make the rich pay. That is something Labor won’t do.

Tax, tax and more (or should that be less?) tax

The Treasurer has today been telling us the Minerals Resource Rent Tax is working precisely as it should – not raising any tax. The hospital in Yes Minister worked perfectly too – it didn’t have any patients.

Some advice to Paul Hogan: quit while you are ahead

Despite the dropping of the Paul Hogan criminal investigation, the Wickenby criminal and/or tax noose is tightening around a number of other players.

Stop the anti-union Tax Office

Organise, organise, organise to stop the ruling class lackeys in charge of the ATO smashing unions in the workplace.

Solar panels and inequity

Subsidies for individual solar panel electricity generation are a dumb idea. High feed in tariffs actually impose a burden on poor and working class electricity users and benefit those well enough off to pay $23,000 or thereabouts for solar panels on their roofs.  In addition the Rudd Labor Government’s former rebate scheme reimbursed the solar panel owners up to $8000 […]

Tax rent seekers at it again

Some of may have been following what I wrote about the the private equity fund Texas Pacific Group.  See for example Private equity funds and the pillage of Australia. TPG made $1.5 billion profit on its restructuring investment in Myer. The money came from the US via the Cayman Islands, Luxembourg and then the Netherlands. It removed the […]