Taxploitation: The Case for Income Tax Reform

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In this new book, ten eminent authors explain why and how Australia's system of personal income tax needs reforming. The total tax take in Australia is around the OECD average, but tax on people's incomes is well above average. High income taxes undermine national prosperity. The top rate is out of line with most other western countries, which have been moving to lower and flatter rates. Because the threshold at which people start to pay tax is well below subsistence, people are taxed before they have earned ...
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Overview

In this new book, ten eminent authors explain why and how Australia's system of personal income tax needs reforming. The total tax take in Australia is around the OECD average, but tax on people's incomes is well above average. High income taxes undermine national prosperity. The top rate is out of line with most other western countries, which have been moving to lower and flatter rates. Because the threshold at which people start to pay tax is well below subsistence, people are taxed before they have earned enough to keep body and soul together. The interaction of tax and welfare creates dispiritingly high 'effective marginal tax rates' which deter people on welfare from looking for work and penalize low-wage families whenever they try to increase their take-home pay. The system is riddled with distortions and disincentive effects. There are so many special allowances, exemptions, credits, offsets and write-offs that tax law has become almost indecipherable, and gross amounts of money and time get spent trying to reduce liability to tax. Most really-high earners are paying a lower rate of tax than workers earning little more than average income. Retirement savings are viciously taxed, and because tax brackets are not indexed to inflation, the total tax-take increases year by year without anybody even realizing it. Outside of the federal government there is a mounting demand that something radical needs to be done to tackle these problems. This book looks at the options and demonstrates that the case for radical reform is now unanswerable.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781864321142
  • Publisher: Centre for Independent Studies
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     vii
How Highly Taxed Are We?   Peter Burn     1
How High Taxation Makes Us Poorer   Alex Robson     21
Cut Taxes To Raise More Revenue   Sinclair Davidson     39
Who's Not Paying Their Fair Share Of Income Tax?   Sinclair Davidson     55
The Moral Case For A Flat Tax   Lauchlan Chipman     67
Tax Complexity And The Rule Of Law   Geoffrey de Q. Walker     87
Tax Reform To Make Work Pay   Peter Saunders   Barry Maley     103
The Taxation Of Shared Family Incomes   Terry Dwyer     123
Rebuilding Australia's Tax And Welfare Systems   John Humphreys     141
Why Politicians Aren't Rushing To Increase Taxes   Andrew Norton     159
Endnotes     178
Index     220
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