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Why is there no royal commission into corrupt business people and their companies cheating on their tax? Could it be because they are rich and powerful?
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.
I am quoted in today’s Australian. Among other things: ‘Former senior tax official John Passant concluded yesterday that the government’s need to suppress the quarterly revenue figure indicated that nothing was being collected.’ Find out why. Here is the link to the article ‘Advice fuels MRRT doubts’ by David Crowe.
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.
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?
Such is Labor’s degeneration they have handed the tax collecting role to a person whose whole working life has been representing the interests of big business in general in policy debates and discussions and defending specific big businesses when battling the ATO. Jordan would almost certainly be someone who has undertaken tax planning for his big business clients and the rich. One has to wonder if he has been involved in tax avoidance schemes. Neoliberal madness.
Posted by John, October 26th, 2012 - under ATO, Australian Tax Office, Commissioner of Taxation, Michael D'Ascenzo, Tax, Tax avoidance, Tax design, Tax Office, Tax policy, Tax reform, Tax the rich.
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.
Posted by John, October 25th, 2012 - under ATO, Australian Tax Office, Commissioner of Taxation, Tax, Tax avoidance, Tax cuts, Tax design, Tax expenditures, Tax Office, Tax policy, Tax reform, Tax the rich.
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.
The failure of Labor to progress real and progressive tax reform (as opposed to fiddling at the edges with business tax cuts and the like) highlights the bankruptcy of social democracy in Australia today. A businessman, Mark Carnegie, suggested that the wealthiest should pay an extra 15 percent in tax to ease growing inequality. That great Labor icon, Bill Shorten, shot the idea down. Social democracy is dead.