Push for tax reforms to battle poverty in Australia

BUSINESS and community sector leaders have called for the Abbott government's tax reforms to help address inequality.

The Australian Council of Social Services and the Business Community for Tax Reform will meet next Monday to push for "inclusive" reforms to battle poverty in Australia.

A forum has been organised next week ahead of the expected release of the government's wide-ranging tax reform white paper this month.

BCTR chairman Tom Pockett said the meeting would help present a "case for change" in the tax system to help both businesses and the nation's most disadvantaged.

ACOSS chief executive Dr Cassandra Goldie said the existing system was not raising the revenue needed to provide adequate services.

She said reform was needed to ensure "equitable access to housing, education, secure jobs and income support", and the tax white paper should aim to be for "the benefit for all".

Topics:  poverty tax

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