The Artful Aussie Tax Dodger

100 Years of Tax Reform in Australia

Lex Fullarton

ibidem Press

The Artful Aussie Tax Dodger

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Pub Date: May 2017

ISBN: 9783838210544

220 Pages

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Pub Date: May 2017

ISBN: 9783838269948

220 Pages

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The Artful Aussie Tax Dodger

100 Years of Tax Reform in Australia

Lex Fullarton

ibidem Press

In The Artful Aussie Tax Dodger, Lex Fullarton studies the impact of 100 years of taxation legislation in Australia, from 1915 to 2016. He finds that despite the lessons of a century of taxpayers and administrators' actions and reactions, old habits are hard to break. Driven by the winds of various political and social interests, Australia embarked on a century of tax reform from the moment when its first Income Tax Assessment Act was introduced. Fullarton discusses the oldest of tax planning entities, the British Trust, the introduction of Australia's 'reformed' consumption tax, its VAT, referred to as Goods and Services Tax, an analysis of tax avoidance schemes, and finally government taxation reform. 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 experience and research conducted over twenty years of involvement in taxation law in rural and remote Australia.
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. Brett Davies, Adjunct Professor at The University of Western Australia, National Taxation Partner, Legal Consolidated Barristers & Solicitors
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

About the Author

Lex Fullarton is a descendant of British colonists of Western Australia who arrived in the Gascoyne region in the early 1880s. He was a real estate agent/tax-practitioner/public accountant for over 20 years. He is, in fact, the proverbial "bush lawyer". Fullarton has previously published the books Heat, Dust, and Taxes (2015) and Watts in the Desert (2016).