Archive for 'Tax havens'
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.
Me in Independent Australia on Turnbull, tax, and protecting the rich from transparency.
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
No doubt all those companies in Vanuatu (especially those with some sort of Australian connection) which have benefited from not paying any income tax there and perhaps reducing their Australian and other country tax will be chipping in lots to help the country after the catastrophic Cyclone Pam destroyed a number of lives and livelihoods. Oh …
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.
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.
Without a mass working class movement demanding and winning better wages, more jobs and price controls as well as more tax paid by the rich and big business, the rich and big business will continue to get richer and pay less and less tax.
There are 2 important aspects of tax havens – low or no tax and bank secrecy. Henry is about less imposition by the state on the other hostile brothers and in keeping the accumulation process which creates surplus value ticking over and running smoothly it has to reduce its taxes on capital to do so. This is the logic of tax competition – and tax havens are its ultimate expression.