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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.

I say among other things:

‘The next time Turnbull and Morrison bleat about a spending problem and attack pensioners, the unemployed, the sick, the disabled, Indigenous Australians, the arts and so on, or talk about increasing the GST or broadening its base to tax the likes of fresh food and going to the doctor, our response should be simple. Tax the rich instead. The money is there. Stop the tax rorts of big business.’

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


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Comment from Lorikeet
Time December 21, 2015 at 10:16 am

Yes, excellent points, John.

However I have a question regarding the idea of taxing the superannuation holdings of high income earners. Will they be subjected to ongoing global cash grabs as well? Methinks the global tax grab could end up being greater for everyone.

I think the main reason the government doesn’t tax superannuation is so global bankers can use the money to empower themselves. Hence governments go broke, individuals are deprived of the use of their own money, and bankers get to take over.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time December 21, 2015 at 10:17 am

I think the obvious solution is to carefully wind back and then abolish the superannuation system.