Archive for 'Tax avoidance'
I have an article on tax avoidance and the G20 in Green Left Weekly. Here is how I finish it up: The best way to address the shift in wealth from labour to capital is not through the tax system but through fighting for big real wage increases. Our task should be to help build […]
Me in the Conversation today on tax avoidance: Tax haven crackdown still to deliver missing billions
A link to speaking notes on the G20 and tax avoidance: Fighting the One Percent for Tax Justice and Equity
Passant, John, Tax Avoidance and the G20: Fighting the One Percent for Tax Justice and Equity (November 4, 2014). Available at SSRN here. To view the whole paper hit the download button in the middle of the page or thereabouts.
These are the speaking notes I wrote for a talk at a conference on the G20 and tackling tax avoidance organised by Political Economy students at Sydney Uni, Action Aid and Green Left Weekly. They bear some vague resemblance to what I said in the 20 minutes I had. I finish off with: The protests against the parasites of the G20 in November in Brisbane should be one focus. Tax the rich is a slogan we can take to those protests. Real tax change won’t come from the politicians of the one percent. It has to come from us mobilising along with the mass of people for such change as part of a wider campaigns for equity and justice economically and politically. Fighting for tax justice can be and has to be part of that national and international struggle.
Far better from Hockey’s point of view that we pay $7 to doctors than that his mates pay even $7 in tax.
Australian Tax Office to lose 3000 staff by October; what happens to revenue collections from the rich and powerful, Commissioner?
The one percent has captured not only Parliament and tax policy but tax administration now too. If that is true, the conclusion we might then reach is that the slaughter of Tax Office jobs currently under way is actually an attempt to administratively reduce taxes on capital by weakening the capacity of the ATO to tax the rich and powerful. Certainly that fits in neatly with the neoliberal cut taxes mantra of most politicians and the Treasury.
Over to you Commissioner of Taxation.
Company tax avoidance is not a failing of capitalism: it is its logical expression.
There are two ways to really tax the rich. The first is for workers to win bigger pay increases to stop the bosses getting their hands on more of our money before they can play funny buggers with it. The second is to overthrow the capitalist system which produces corporate tax avoidance.
This may be the logic. Trickle down will increase revenue. The less tax we collect today from companies will magically produce more economic activity in the future. So having people in charge of the Australian Tax Office who ‘understand’ business and the realities they face is just what capital needs. To business, tax is just another cost and the lower the costs the higher the profit and the better off all of us will be
I believe in Santa Claus too.
As a tax man I have been thinking about Kevin Rudd’s idea to cut company tax in the Northern Territory to 20%.
Let me tell you a story about profit shifting, or transfer pricing as it is known in tax circles.
If the UK Public Accounts Committee can question Starbucks, Amazon and Google about their tax affairs, and then condemn them for not paying any tax in Britain, we can do it here in Australia.
A thoroughgoing investigation into the tax affairs of big business is needed to see just what they get up to and whether they are paying a fair share of tax in Australia. After all, what has big business got to hide? Over to you Senators Rhiannon and Cameron.