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Confronting the sacred cow : the politics of work-related tax deductions

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Eccleston, RG (2006) Confronting the sacred cow : the politics of work-related tax deductions. Australian Tax Forum, 21 (1). pp. 3-24. ISSN 0812-695X

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Abstract

A common theme among recent proposals to reform Australia’s personal income tax system is that lower personal income tax rates (or increased thresholds) could be partially funded through the elimination of work-related tax deductions. While such base broadening represents good tax policy in that a well-designed reform package has the potential to improve the efficiency of the income tax system without necessarily reducing progressivity, the analysis presented in this article suggests that such proposals are fraught with political difficulties.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Tax Forum
Page Range: pp. 3-24
ISSN: 0812-695X
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2008 00:37
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:54
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8154
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