Ann Kayis-Kumar

Senior Lecturer and Tax Clinic Director

School of Taxation & Business Law - PhD (UNSW) | BCom (Distinction) / LLB (Honours) (UNSW) | FULT (UNSW) | GDLP (College of Law) | Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court & High Court of Australia (non-practising)


​International Tax Law, Tax Planning by Multinationals, Tax Policy, Public Economics, Optimisation Modelling

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About Ann

Dr Ann Kayis-Kumar is author of Taxing Multinationals (Oxford University Press, 2019) and co-author of the Australian CGT Handbook (since the 8th edition, Thomson Reuters, 2017). Ann teaches and researches in the fields of international and Australian tax law and corporate strategy, exploring avenues by which tax policy can be utilised as a mechanism to achieve social justice.

Awarded the UNSW Business School Dean's Emerging Leadership Award in 2019, Ann is Founding Director of UNSW Tax Clinic, elected Vice-President of the Australasian Tax Teachers’ Association, and serves on both university- and industry-level committees including the UNSW Academic Board, The Tax Institute’s NSW Technical and SME & Tax Practitioner Committees.

Ann's research applies a combination of pure economic theory, optimisation modelling and applied legal research, with a focus on the behavioural responses incentivised by mismatches in the tax system. Ann has a strong interest in supervising research projects on the interaction of these aspects on international tax policy and law design.

Ann has significant teaching experience at both UNSW Business School and University of Sydney Business School. She is a recipient of the UNSW Business School John Prescott Award for Outstanding Teaching Innovation and received multiple teaching citations from the University of Sydney Business School. She co-developed the online gamification ‘PlayTax: Adventures in International Tax Planning’, which simulates the decision-making parameters of a tax planning multinational. PlayTax is currently utilised in teaching tax law at both the UNSW Business School and the UNSW Faculty of Law.

She also serves as an Assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC) and as a Reviewer for the Australian Tax Forum, eJournal of Tax Research, Journal of Australian Taxation, Journal of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association and Revenue Law Journal.