The Rise and Rise of Tax Compliance Costs for the Small Business Sector in Australia

Australian Tax Forum, Vol 27, No 3, pp 615-672.

58 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2012

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Philip Lignier

University of Tasmania

Chris Evans

University of New South Wales

Date Written: August 9, 2012

Abstract

This paper presents the results of a survey that has collected fresh data about the compliance burden imposed by the tax system upon small business taxpayers in Australia. The study is one part of an international research project which is evaluating and comparing tax compliance costs affecting the small business sector across four countries. In addition to the measurement and analysis of tax compliance costs, the study seeks to differentiate tax compliance activities from core accounting activities in order to identify the managerial benefits of tax compliance that may compensate taxpayers for some of the compliance costs. It also investigates whether various small business concessional regimes are achieving their objective of relieving some of the effects of the compliance burden.

Keywords: Australia, tax compliance burden, small business taxpayers

Suggested Citation

Lignier, Philip and Evans, Christopher Charles, The Rise and Rise of Tax Compliance Costs for the Small Business Sector in Australia (August 9, 2012). Australian Tax Forum, Vol 27, No 3, pp 615-672., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2128418

Philip Lignier

University of Tasmania ( email )

French Street
Sandy Bay
Tasmania, 7250
Australia

Christopher Charles Evans (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales ( email )

School of Taxation and Business Law
Australian School of Business, UNSW
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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