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Taxation is an important part of economic policy – not only in raising revenue for governments to spend, but also in influencing private saving, investment and spending decisions, and for affecting the distribution of income and wealth. Decisions as to what is (or isn’t taxed), and at what rate, are always controversial, and sometimes have unintended consequences.

The Inheritance Taxes

Taxation | 16th April 2021

Saul talks to Richard Aedy, presenter of ABC Radio National’s “The Money” program, on 15th April about inheritance taxes (also called “death duties”)

Conversation with the Archbishop

Australian Society and Politics, Economic Policies, Recent Media Interview, Taxation, The Australian Economy, Video | 27th March 2021

Saul participated in a ‘Conversation with the Archbishop’, hosted by the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, in Melbourne’s Federation Square along with CEO of Anglicare Kasy Chambers, on Tuesday 23rd March 2021, about Australia’s response to Covid-19 and how the ‘new normal’ could be different from the old one.

The tax system should preference new businesses, not small ones

News, Publications, Taxation | 29th September 2020

Article in The New Daily, a news site owned by industry superannuation funds, 29th September 2020.

Saul talks to well-known business commentator Peter Switzer

News, Tasmania, Taxation | 17th September 2020

Interview with Peter Switzer, 17th September 2020 Saul talks to well-known business commentator Peter Switzer about tax preferences for small business, and his proposal for the re-introduction of what Peter insists on calling a ‘death tax’ in Tasmania

Tassie economist Saul Eslake calls for discussions around tax reform in new report – Tasmania Talks

News, Tasmania, Taxation | 16th September 2020

Saul talks to Tasmania Talks’ Aaron Stevens about Reforming Tasmania’s tax system: some options report, 16th Sep 2020.

Reforming Tasmania’s tax system: some options

Tasmania, Taxation | 16th September 2020

Paper commissioned by The Australia Institute, Tasmania, and publicly released on 16th September 2020. If preferred, a shorter 2,200 word, 5-page version is available below.

Preferential tax breaks for small business don’t work

News, Taxation | 25th June 2020

The Australian, 24th June 2020


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“Saul Eslake is … a highly regarded independent economist with the highest degree of integrity"
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