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Special Taxation of the Mining Industry

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  • John Freebairn

    () (University of Melbourne)

  • John Quiggin

    () (Department of Economics, University of Queensland)

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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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  • John Freebairn & John Quiggin, 2010. "Special Taxation of the Mining Industry," Australian Public Policy Program Working Papers WPP10_3, Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland.
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    1. Rod Tyers, 2014. "Asymmetry in Boom-Bust Shocks: Australian Performance with Oligopoly," Economics Discussion / Working Papers 14-23, The University of Western Australia, Department of Economics.
    2. Boyd Blackwell & Brian Dollery, 2013. "Resource Taxation and Remote Aboriginal Expenditure," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 32(3), pages 360-382, September.
    3. John Freebairn, 2012. "Mining booms and government budgets," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 56(2), pages 201-221, April.
    4. Ratbek Dzhumashev & Jaai Parasnis, 2011. "Taxation and Migration: Policies to Manage a Resource Boom," Monash Economics Working Papers 33-11, Monash University, Department of Economics.

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    • Q38 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy (includes OPEC Policy)
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies

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