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Special Taxation of the Mining Industry

  • John Freebairn

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    (University of Melbourne)

  • John Quiggin

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    (Department of Economics, University of Queensland)

The mining industry in Australia, and in most other countries, pay special taxes for the use of community owned resources in additional to taxes levied on businesses in general. General taxes include the corporate income tax, payroll and transaction taxes, and labour pay personal income taxes. In the states and territories the additional tax in most cases takes the form of a royalty levied as a tax on production, either as a specific tax per unit of production or as an ad valorem percentage of the value per unit mined. Details are in The Treasury (2008). In the case of offshore energy resources, the commonwealth imposes a special tax either as a royalty or as the petroleum resource rent tax (PRRT) (The Treasury, 2008).

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Paper provided by Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland in its series Australian Public Policy Program Working Papers with number WPP10_3.

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