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Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
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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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Sick kids and paying upfront

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Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (0)

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Archive for 'Tax avoidance'

Memo to the Australian Tax Office: You offshoring jobs is the same as business offshoring profits

Saving money, the driver for cutting the ATO staff by 20%, is also the driver of big business tax avoidance. Business tax avoidance is systemic. It requires a systemic response, not Tax Office staff cuts.

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My article in Solidarity on why tax avoidance is big business

This is a link to my article in socialist magazine Solidarity on how tax avoidance is very big business indeed, and why we should be going after multinationals rather than taking services away from the needy. To read the whole article click here.

Tax avoidance is big business

Panadol Osteo, government cuts and tax avoidance

Obviously GlaxoSmithKline has seen an opportunity to increase its returns in what is a highly profitable industry. Don’t imagine however that we as community will benefit indirectly through increased tax revenue from this profit gouging.

According to the Corporate Tax Transparency Report recently released by the Australian Tax Office, in 2012/13 GalxoSmithKline had sales of almost $1.5 billion in Australia. However its taxable income was only $57.9 million on which it paid tax of just under $12 million.

GlaxoSmithKline: A tax avoider and a price gouger using the Turnbull government’s attacks on people in chronic pain to further advantage itself at our expense.

Of frog droppings and tax avoidance

The fact that Thomas has to resort to puerile name calling rather than rational analysis highlights the paucity of logical arguments those defending tax avoidance by big business have. Yours in frog droppings, sandal-wearing, muesli-chewing and bike riding on pedestrian walkways

Big business, it is time to come clean on tax

This is a link to my article in Monday’s Canberra Times on tax avoidance. I end up by saying: ‘If big business wants to win back the trust of working class taxpayers who pay more tax than them, in some cases literally and in many cases as a percentage of their income, then it is time for those companies to explain how it is that their tax contribution is zero or small. After all if they have nothing to hide they should have nothing to fear from telling us their full tax story.’ Click here for the link to the full article.

Chevron and Adani – tax ‘planners’ in the news today

Resource companies, rapaciousness, destruction of the environment and of jobs, and tax minimisers are words that all come to mind.

Do corporate tax avoiders also mistreat their staff?

Is there a correlation between mistreating staff and avoiding tax? Between profiting from people’s misery and tax avoidance? Read my report in Independent Australia today (Monday) to find out. Click here. Big business tax watch: Do corporate tax avoiders also mistreat their staff?

Big business tax avoidance

The ATO’s recent ‘Corporate Tax Transparency Report’ is reason to be “screaming from the rooftops for the companies in this list to explain how they have been exploiting us for years”, according to former Assistant Commissioner of Taxation, John Passant.

To read the whole article in Independent Australia click here. Big Business Tax Avoidance

Me in Independent Australia on Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on transparency: Shielding the rich and shrouding gulags in secrecy

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he’s keen on transparency but shields the rich from transparency on tax, shrouds our gulags in secrecy about atrocities in detention and tells us zip about his tax haven investments. Not good enough, says former Assistant Commissioner of Taxation John Passant in Independent Australia.

Tax, Turnbull and the Cayman Islands again

An annual net wealth tax on the top 10 percent of the wealth holders, abolition of the superannuation tax haven, removal of the capital gains tax concession, taxing trusts like companies, imposing a super profits tax on all industries (such as banks, not just mining companies,) making the current income tax system more progressive, with for example a 100% rate on all income greater than $250,000, are just a few suggestions that come to my mind. Of course, Labor as a party of neoliberalism won’t do anything radical. It will fiddle while the revenue Rome burns