Using the tax system to collect fines

Bruce Chapman, John Quiggin, Arie Freiberg, David Tait

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In this article we consider the possibility that fines could be collected through the tax and social welfare systems in the same way as higher education contributions and child support payments are currently administered. We argue that the existing system of fine collection and enforcement leads to high default rates and reduces the usefulness of fines as a sanction. We consider a range of models for the implementation of an income-related fine collection system, and discuss their possible implications for issues including judicial independence, the time taken to repay fines and aggregate fine revenue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-32
Number of pages13
JournalAustralian Journal of Public Administration
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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