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Death and taxes on 2SER’s breakfast show

I was back on 2SER’s breakfast show this morning with Mitch Byatt. We talked about inheritance taxes: whether they’re good or not; why they were abolished in the ’70s and what other options there are for tax reform.  It was slightly … Continue reading

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TAXual healing – Interview on 2SER 107.3 FM Sydney

By Warwick Smith This morning I was talking tax on 2ser‘s breakfast program with Mitch Byatt. We focussed on state finances and today’s tax meeting between state premiers and the Prime Minister. An increase in the GST is on the … Continue reading

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Four tax policies Australian house prices rest on – The Conversation

Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne First published at The Conversation The issues of tax and house prices are colliding in new ways ahead of the release of the government’s options paper on tax reform later this year. Treasurer Joe Hockey … Continue reading

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Joe Hockey is beginning to understand not all taxes are created equal – The Guardian

By Warwick Smith Originally published at The Guardian. The treasurer’s endorsement of land tax in South Australia is an encouraging move away from his general opposition to taxation Joe Hockey recently said “I don’t like higher taxes; I am philosophically … Continue reading

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Our houses can’t make us all rich

By Warwick Smith First published at ABC’s The Drum Thu 23 Oct 2014, 10:42am While a recent report might suggest Aussies are the richest people in the world because of high house prices, the reality is the true beneficiaries of this … Continue reading

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Guardian article on infrastructure funding

This article was originally published in The Guardian Australia. How to make Australian infrastructure pay for itself – with no selloffs, and no tricks ‘Asset recycling’, as an approach to infrastructure investment, will only end up benefiting the banks. Taxing land … Continue reading

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New article in The Conversation about land taxes

This just published today. Go here for the original. BCA wants your home taxed – and it’s actually a good idea By Warwick Smith, University of Melbourne Housing affordability is an issue that perennially haunts political discourse. It rarely becomes … Continue reading

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Land taxes are hard to avoid

This is the third of a series of posts providing extra information for an article in The Conversation about land taxes. Federal treasury just released a scoping paper on corporate taxation and have warned that they are basically impotent when … Continue reading

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Land taxes reduce house prices and increase housing supply

This is the second of a series of posts providing extra information for an article in The Conversation about land taxes. Last year it was estimated that there were over 90,000 vacant houses in Melbourne alone that were not available … Continue reading

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Land taxes can recoup government expenditure on public infrastructure

This is the first of a series of posts providing extra information for an article in The Conversation about land taxes. The World Bank produced a report in 2008 titled Unlocking Land Values for Financing Urban Infrastructure. This report assesses … Continue reading

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