Michael Walpole

Professor and Head of School

School of Taxation & Business Law - PhD, UNSW | GradDip Tax (Natal) | BA LLB (Natal)

Expertise

​Michael Walpole is Head of School with responsibility for academic and research activities in the school. Michael’s research interests include tax transfer pricing and GST/VAT and he has worked at the OECD on several VAT topics. Michael’s PhD thesis was on the taxation of goodwill and he has undertaken a number of research projects on the taxation of intangible property.  He also researches aspects of  tax administration and costs of tax compliance as well as the ethics of tax practice.​

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About Michael

Michael is the Head of School at the School of Taxation and Business Law (including Atax) in the UNSW Australia Business School.

Prior to academic life, Michael worked as a Tax Consultant with Ernst & Young, and prior to that he was in private practice as a legal practitioner (solicitor and barrister). As a partner in a small firm, Michael's legal practice was extremely varied, ranging from criminal defence, through family law and estate planning, to commercial and taxation matters.

Michael has authored and co-authored several books including Proposals for the Reform of the Taxation of Goodwill, Understanding Taxation Law and Compliance Cost Control. Michael has also written and presented many papers on his research topics to practitioner and academic audiences in Australia and overseas. He is the editor of the Australian Tax Forum and he is also author and co-author of a number of articles on GST, taxation of intellectual property, tax administration and taxation compliance costs, especially psychological costs of taxation compliance. He has been awarded the Hill Medal by the Australasian Tax Teachers Association (ATTA) for his contribution to tax teaching and is a past President of ATTA.

Michael is an International Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Business Tax in the Said Business School, University of Oxford. In 2010 and 2012, he was engaged in a project at the Centre for Business Tax to study the role of tax in choices made by large companies when locating valuable intangible property.

In 2012, Michael was also a Visiting Professor in the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD in Paris. While at the OECD, Michael worked on research projects related to VAT and to tax compliance costs.

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