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 a Senior Lecturer at the UNSW Business School, Co-Founder and Director of the UNSW Tax Clinic, and an elected Faculty representative on the UNSW Academic Board. She 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.

Ann 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'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 is a founding team member of online gamification ‘PlayTax: Adventures in International Tax Planning’, which simulates the decision-making parameters of a tax planning multinational. Ann’s work with PlayTax has been recognised at both university-level and internationally; awarded the 2016 UNSW Learning and Teaching Forum Poster Prize, the 2017 ATTA Conference Best Presentation Award, and the 2018 UNSW Business School John Prescott Award for Outstanding Teaching Innovation.

Ann is an elected Vice-President of the Australasian Tax Teachers’ Association and appointed member of the UNSW Academic Board Programs Committee. She also currently serves on The Tax Institute’s NSW Technical, and SME and Tax Practitioner Committees, is a member of the Westminster Tax Discussion Group, the International Fiscal Association, the Australasian Tax Teachers’ Association (and 2016 Editor of ATTA’s journal, the ‘JATTA’), the UK’s Taxation Research Network, among others. She is also a reviewer for the Australian Tax Forum, the eJournal of Tax Research, the Journal of Australian Taxation, the Journal of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association and the Revenue Law Journal.