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Taxation of Superannuation in Australia: An Assessment of Reform Proposals


  • Jocelyn Horne

    () (Department of Economics, Macquarie University)


This paper assesses critically recent proposals for tax reform of superannuation in Australia against criteria of efficiency, equity, administrative complexity and revenue impact. The main conclusion reached is to support the general thrust of reform, including the removal of multi-stage taxation. But this support is qualified by the need to provide quantified analysis of the long-run fiscal costs of reforms relative to both the present system and that projected under unchanged policies.

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  • Jocelyn Horne, 2002. "Taxation of Superannuation in Australia: An Assessment of Reform Proposals," Research Papers 0212, Macquarie University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:mac:wpaper:0212

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    Cited by:

    1. Sinclair Davidson & Ross Guest, 2007. "Superannuation Tax Reform: Fiscal Consequences," Agenda - A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics, vol. 14(1), pages 5-16.
    2. George Kudrna & Alan Woodland, 2012. "Progressive Tax Changes to Private Pensions in a Life-Cycle Framework," Working Papers 201209, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales.
    3. George Kudrna & Alan D. Woodland, 2015. "Progressive Tax Changes to Superannuation in a Lifecycle Framework," CESifo Working Paper Series 5645, CESifo Group Munich.

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    tax reform; superannuation;

    JEL classification:

    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions


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