The Art of Tax Reform: What Tax Reforms should be Introduced to Assist the Australian Arts Sector?

By Brett Freudenberg.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Within the 2020 Summit coordinated by the Australian Federal Government, at least 19 recommendations by the committee on ‘Towards a creative Australia’ related to proposed tax changes. This would indicate that those on this Committee consider that Australia’s tax system has an important role to play in contributing to a sustainable arts sector.
This article reports on the survey results of 236 people involved in the arts sector (either as artists, art organisations, advisors or supporters), and details the findings in terms of ascertaining a greater appreciation of which possible tax reforms to assist the arts have greater appeal and to identify any possible problems with their implementation.
Given the survey results, it is argued that some reforms have greater potential – and it is these that serious consideration should be given to contribute to a sustainable arts sector.

Keywords: Australia, Survey, Tax, Reforms, Arts

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.169-186. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 676.970KB).

Dr. Brett Freudenberg

Senior Lecturer - Taxation, Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Meadowbrook, Queensland, Australia

Brett Freudenberg is a currently a Senior Lecturer at the Griffith Business School within the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics at Griffith University (Australia). In addition to his taxation teaching, Brett has been awarded his PhD for this research focusing on Tax Transparent Companies. In 2006 Brett received the Fulbright Award, which saw him conduct research at the University of Illinois to analyse the proliferation of new business forms in the United States and their potential for application to Australian businesses. Brett has received a number of teaching accolades, including most recently in 2008 a teaching citation from the Australian Learning & Teaching Council for his outstanding contributions to student learning. In 2007, he was part of a team that was awarded Griffith University’s “Excellence in Teaching for Programs that Enhance Learning Category”; and individually Brett received a “Certification of Commendation for Excellence in Teaching”. Previously, in 2005 he was jointly awarded a Griffith Business School Teaching Citation and in 2003 Brett received the Early Career Award for Teaching Excellence from Griffith University. He has pursued the scholarship of learning and has presented his research at number of teaching conferences, as well as publishing in refereed teaching journals. Prior to commencing with Griffith University, Brett was a senior taxation consultant with KPMG and a solicitor with Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

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