Fullarton, Lex

The Artful Aussie Tax Dodger


100 Years of Tax Reform in Australia



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In The Artful Aussie Tax Dodger Lex Fullarton studies the impact of 100 years of taxation legislation in Australia 1915–2016.  He finds that despite the lessons of a century of actions and reactions of taxpayers and administrators little changes—despite entering a new century old habits are hard to break.
At Federation on January 1, 1901, the Commonwealth of Australia was empowered to impose income tax on its citizens. However, it was not until September 3, 1915 that it began a century of ‘tax reform’ when its first Income Tax Assessment Act was introduced. For 100 years, driven by the winds of various political and social interests, Australia ‘reviewed and reformed’ its tax legislation.  Fullarton studies that transformation.
Fullarton’s examination considers the oldest of tax planning entities—the British Trust (‘received‘ in Australia at colonisation)—, the introduction of Australia’s ‘reformed‘ consumption tax—its VAT, referred to as Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Australia—, an analysis of tax avoidance schemes, and finally government taxation reform activities over the century.
Fullarton notes that, just one year into a new century of taxation, the Australian Federal Government put forward a proposal to go forward to the past by repealing certain sections of the Income Tax Assessment Act and transferring Income Taxing powers back to the Australian States, a position which existed prior to 1936.
This book looks at how Australia’s tax legislation was grounded, added to, avoided, and evolved, until it went ‘Back to the Future’. It is a collection of studies compiled from a rich mosaic of experience and research conducted over 20 years of involvement in taxation law in rural and remote Australia.

350 Seiten, Paperback. 2017
ISBN 978-3-8382-0994-4



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“Lex Fullarton has a rare art of making taxation a racy read. Rarely is something so enjoyable and so educational at the same time. This is an important book that demonstrates the resourcefulness of both the taxpayer and the regulator. This game of cat and mouse will never stop. A must read.“
Dr Brett Davies, Adjunct Professor at The University of Western Australia

"Lex is the quintessential bush lawyer. Whether you agree with him or not, you have to give it to him for his forthright style. I particularly liked his use of history to provide spice to his conclusions."
Michael D'Ascenzo, AO Adjunct Professor University of New South Wales; Professorial Fellow, the University of Melbourne

"It is not often that a book on tax challenges us with its insights. This book does that. There is much in here, not just for tax specialists but for all of us trying to get our community to discuss, debate and even to disagree with.  Lex Fullarton's book opens up the avenues for a fruitful exploration of ideas about Australian society not often explored in tax."
John Passant, former Australian Assistant Commissioner of Taxation and tax academic Australian National University.