GST

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Australia has always been unwilling to consider changes to the Goods and Services Tax, but now, in the middle of a pandemic, we could celebrate the GST’s 20th birthday with changes – or even a GST holiday.

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Boosting the GST and swapping land tax for stamp duty get headlines, but they never seem to happen.

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The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the fact we are failing to collect tax revenue and also giving away hundreds of billions in tax concessions.

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There are good reasons why corporate tax and the reach of the goods and services tax must be reconsidered, says UNSW Business School's Fiona Martin.

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Rate changes and political compromises when the Goods and Services Tax was formed did not detract from its long term value to Australia, John Howard told a UNSW Sydney conference.

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Australian consumers could be affected if the 2018 federal budget imposes GST on small foreign imports.

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The government's move to include low-value online bought goods in the GST doesn't treat overseas and local sellers in the same way, writes Kathrin Bain.

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Recent history tells us that we should be cautious about newly minted prime ministers promising to fix the federation, writes Paul Kildea.

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Malcolm Turnbull could lead bold and important reforms in five key areas: the GST, childcare, infrastructure, university funding and the environment, writes Richard Holden.

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Proposals to share the income tax base across the federation have merit, however there are design issues that have to be analysed carefully, write Neil Warren and Richard Eccleston. 

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