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The Business Tax Reform Agenda


  • The author was a participant at the National Tax Forum.

Flavio M. Menezes, School of Economics, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4069, Australia. Email:


During the session on business taxation at the National Tax Forum in 2011, little consensus emerged between business representatives and union leaders on the reformations that should be made to the business taxation system. One proposal that greatly divided opinion was a reduction in the corporate tax rate. In this article, it is argued that changes in the treatment of tax losses and the introduction of a well-designed allowance for corporate equity represent a better business tax reform strategy than cutting the corporate tax rate.