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Tax Value Method


Tax Value Method

The Government has previously announced its in principle support for the development of

the Tax Value Method of determining taxable income. This new concept for design of the tax

law was a key recommendation of the Ralph Review.

The Government believes that the Tax Value Method, if implemented properly, has

the potential to underwrite the development of a stable, less ambiguous and more

understandable income tax system, and in particular, one more readily conducive to the

manageable, ongoing development of the tax system into the future.

There are many detailed issues that need to be resolved as the Tax Value Method is

developed and this will require on going consultation with all sectors of the business

community as well as a major education campaign for practitioners.

The Government previously indicated it would aim for a start up date of 1 July 2001 for

the Tax Value Method.

However, it is clear there are many in business who believe they would not be ready by

that date, particularly considering the changes on GST and PAYG. No additional revenue is

budgeted to be raised from this option. In the circumstances there is no requirement for a

1 July start-up.

The development of this option will be done with consultation through a new Board of

Taxation providing input from business users, and aiding in the education process. It is

expected that the process will work on developing exposure legislation to allow the study

of the full ramification of the changes.


Board of Taxation

The Ralph Review recommended the establishment of a Board of Taxation to advise on the

development and implementation of business tax legislation. Such a Board would expand on

the extensive consultation on business tax issues which was a hallmark of the preparation

of the Ralph Report and has continued with the Government’s implementation of its

business tax reform agenda. The Government is, however, extending the concept proposed by

the Ralph Report and is establishing a Board of Taxation with a mandate to advise on other

aspects of the taxation system as well.

The Board of Taxation is a non-statutory body which will advise the Government on the

design and operation of Australia’s tax laws, including on issues relating to the

integrity and functioning of the tax system. An important role of the Board will be to

facilitate full and effective community consultation in the implementation of tax policy


Dick Warburton will be the inaugural chair of the Board. He is currently Chairman of

David Jones and holds a number of directorships as well as being a member of the Reserve

Bank Board.

The majority of the members of the new Taxation Board will be drawn from the business

and community sector and will be announced shortly. Also on the Taxation Board as ex-officio

members will be the Secretary of the Treasury, the Commissioner of Taxation, and the

First Parliamentary Counsel.

The Board’s activities will be supported by a secretariat provided by the

Treasury. As well as drawing on the knowledge and experience of its members, the Board

will have a capacity to commission research and other studies approved or referred to it

by the Treasurer.


7 August 2000