Friday, May 11, 2018

Shorten Longish Budget in Reply - You call that a tax cut? Bill Shorten hits back

The ATO has been handed millions to chase debts, and deduction ... ATO was granted $318.5 million for “mobile strike teams” and an “increased audit presence” as it takes a new approach to its work on recommendations from the Black Economy Taskforce

Bill Shorten raises the stakes in tax war with pledge to offer millions of workers a cut of up to $928 a year

* Tax refunds worth $928 a year for people earning up to $90,000
* $2.8 billion hospitals fund to improve emergency departments and waiting lists
* Extra money for prosecutors to follow up the banking royal commission
* Funding for a national anti-corruption commission
* Restoring Sunday penalty rates

* Require federal infrastructure projects to employ Australian apprentices
* Uncap university places to open up spots for 200,000 graduates
* Investment in public TAFEs, with more places and campus renovations
* More MRI machines to provide 500,000 more scans over four years
* Tax incentives for companies investing in productivity
* More money for public schools
Bill Shorten will not die wondering. At the end of one of Labor's more difficult weeks, an Opposition Leader who had lost plenty of paint when his dual citizenship ...
* Require federal infrastructure projects to employ Australian apprentices.


You call that a tax cut? Bill Shorten hits back at Coalition budget



Shorten prioritises taxpayers 'over multinationals, banks and big

Australian Parliament House celebrates 30th anniversary

Bill Shorten raises the stakes in tax war with pledge to offer millions

High Court's ruling sets up brutal federal budget battle

The Bizarre Russian Big Money Culture Machine

Those who are familiar with the state’s cultural agenda in Russia are no longer surprised by these kinds of events, but it’s still difficult to get used to. You’re a good artist if you earn a lot, and preferably, have a wide audience. For the BraVo prize, as written on the website, any artist could be nominated, so long as they had the potential to “reach an audience of three billion.” In a state where culture, whether serious or for entertainment, still belongs to the service sector at the legislative level, more is more 
North Coast Voices — Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 00:16 — Source 
NSW Environmental Defender’s Office(EDO): Lock the Gate Alliance v Dept of Planning & Environment / Dept of Premier & CabinetOur client Lock the Gate is seeking access to information held by the NSW Government about secretive deals relating to the “buy-back” of the coal exploration licence for Shenhua Watermark Coal Pty Limited’s (Shenhua) controversial

Artists May Want To Sell Their Work In New York, London, Or Shanghai, But They Want To Live In Berlin


This paper provides an overview of the main features of digital economy and why it poses challenges to existing framework and principles of international taxation. It explains the fiscal impact of these challenges in developing countries. Among the challenges is the “cyberization” of tax base because the existing jurisdictional nexus (such as permanent establishment) and profit attribution rules assume physical presence and actual activities, neither is particularly relevant in a digital business.

To Fight Money-Laundering, EU Tightens Rules On Art Sales

“The aim of the new rules, first proposed in 2016 in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal, is to increase transparency around financial transactions and require banks and vendors to verify clients’ identities and to report any suspicious behaviour. The regulations, which come into force in 2019, will cover all businesses selling works of art with transactions of €10,000 or more, irrespective of the payment method.”

The Art Of Rejection Letters

Knowing that you may never get a response is disheartening. Yet many embrace the uncertainty and even lean into it. For those playwrights, rejections become the most common form of communication with theatres

Canadian Tax Agency Reclassifies Artists As Hobbyists

“It is the determination of this audit that the taxpayer operates as a personal endeavour (a hobby), not a business,” Canadian Revenue Agency said in its Jan. 26, 2018, reassessment letter to Steve Higgins. “Most of the income generated is from grants, honorariums and awards, and not the sales of artwork. Therefore, all income and expenses related to the business has been removed.”

Arts Orgs Fear They Simply Can’t Afford To Turn Down Donations From Ethically Dubious Sources

“Although the vast majority are concerned that taking the ‘wrong’ sort of money could damage their reputation, just one in four report that their organisation has any sort of ethical fundraising policy. The findings emerge out of a survey of over 500 arts workers who shared their views on ethical fundraising and sponsorship. Their comments also reveal why organisations do or do not have a policy in place, and how useful they consider such policies to be."

Spying charges against Chinese-American scientists spark fears of a witch hunt SCMP

One Of World’s Biggest Gallerists Proposes ‘Tax’ On Large Galleries At Art Fairs

“David Zwirner, whose namesake art gallery is one of the world’s largest, said he was prepared to pay more for space rental at art fairs if the extra money could help smaller galleries take part as well.”

Next Gen Digital Archaeology: Google Reveals Detailed Models Of Important Heritage Sites

Its latest online collection, “Open Heritage,” features digitized, 3D models of over 25 locations from around the world, from the ancient Mayan metropolis of Chichen Itza in Mexico to the protected Watangi Treaty Grounds in New Zealand. Each was created by CyArk, a nonprofit that has been engineering incredibly detailed 3D versions of heritage sites since 2003 with the intention of archiving and freely sharing the results with the public