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Conceptualising tax expenditures : commentary

Sadiq, Kerrie (2009) Conceptualising tax expenditures : commentary. In Krever, Richard & Evans, Chris (Eds.) Australian Business Tax Reform in Retrospect and Prospect, Thomson Reuters Australia, Sydney, Australia.

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      Abstract

      The tax expenditures concept has been part of the Australian tax review system since 1973. In view of the fact that tax expenditures are considered part of the tax-transfer system, and that paragraph 9 of the terms of reference for the Review Panel requires a consideration of all relevant tax expenditures, we can be confident that they will be considered once again in the final report of Australia’s Future Tax System Review Panel. However, an examination of previous Government and Parliamentary reviews suggests that few of the resulting recommendations are adopted. Previous recommendations have resulted in the acknowledgement of and concern over tax expenditures, but have led to only one significant advancement: the publication of an annual tax expenditures statement. It is apparent that Brooks in his paper aims to ensure, and makes a compelling case for, the significance and central role tax expenditures should play in the Review Panel deliberations. In doing so, Brooks explores the concept itself as well as the conceptual implications impacting on the more pragmatic aspects of tax expenditure analysis. At the outset, Brooks explains why tax expenditures cannot be evaluated using traditional criteria of equity, neutrality, and simplicity, but rather can only be understood and evaluated using budgetary criteria.

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      ID Code: 49823
      Item Type: Conference Paper
      ISBN: 9780455226927
      Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Accounting Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified (150199)
      Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
      Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
      Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Please consult the author.
      Deposited On: 24 Apr 2012 18:12
      Last Modified: 28 Jun 2012 10:09

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