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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|21440||2005||13 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||5918 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Critical Perspectives on Accounting, , Volume 16, Issue 1, January 2005, Pages 47-59
This paper explores both accounting standards and the taxation provisions with respect to the treatment of rehabilitation costs of mining entities in Australia. A special tax deduction is allowed only for expenditure actually incurred, yet the accounting standard provides a different calculative practice for the representation of the same event. With this example we demonstrate inconsistencies that exist between accounting and tax and although the accounting for income taxes standard accounts for the differences, we argue this merely legitimatises them. We challenge this false consciousness that assumes these inconsistencies are merely incidental and point out that these two systems, of tax and accounting, implicitly sustain and reinforce each other. These institutional practices perpetuate the privileges, powers and impact of the mining industry, whilst claiming to serve the community as a whole.
The relationship between the institutions that accounting and taxation systems represent are considered in this paper. Accounting systems in Australia are represented by the Accounting Profession and its related institutions such as the Australian Accounting Standards Board and the Financial Reporting Council. The taxation system to which we refer is represented by the Australian Income Tax Asessment Act 1936 and 1997 and related legislation. The representation of the same economic events is often treated differently by the accounting and taxation systems. Indeed this difference in treatment between tax and accounting is not unusual but rather an accepted practice. However, we consider them as part of a larger system which is an “instrinsic and constitutive component of the government of economic life” (Miller, 1994, p. 29). Not to consider accounting and taxation systems as part of a larger system is reflective of the prevailing false consciousness (Dillard, 1991 and Held, 1980) that treats accounting and taxation as separate and having only technical relevance. Instead, Miller (1994) urges analysis of “the multiple practices” of accounting which are “institutionally localized” in order to gain an understanding of how accounting “has come to assume such a dominant position” (p. 30). Accordingly, this paper aims to challenge this unquestioned acceptance or rationalisation of society in terms of the institutional systems (Habermas, 1992) that accounting and taxation represent. In this way we intend to expose an implicit relationship that has a “profound sociological and institutional significance” (Miller, 1994, p. 31). To do this, we have focused on one industry and one aspect of one industry. This paper explores both accounting standards and the taxation provisions with respect to the treatment of rehabilitation costs of mining entities in Australia. We demonstrate inconsistencies that exist between accounting and tax in the context of mining, and instead of assuming that these inconsistencies should be treated as merely incidental, we wish to draw attention to them. We have chosen to investigate an aspect of the natural resources industry because of the significant economic contribution the industry makes to Australia. The operations of this industry cannot occur without disrupting the environment. In recognition of this, the taxation system has granted concessions for expenditure incurred to rehabilitate the mining site (see Stoianoff, 2002). In particular, rehabilitation-related activities and expenditure incurred thereon has attracted a special tax deduction since July 1991. As with all allowable deductions there is a requirement that this expenditure be incurred and not merely anticipated. However, this requirement is ignored in accounting standards as it is not expected that accounting be consistent with taxation principles. The accounting treatment allows for anticipated restoration costs, not only incurred costs, to be incorporated. Hence, future estimated rehabilitation expenses are taken into account even when these are not allowed as taxation deductions. This is the case whether one is using a cash system or an accrual system of accounting. We utilise Miller’s (1994, p. 2) discussion of accounting as a social and institutional practice to demonstrate the ability to have “transformative capacity” through financial reporting in annual reports and taxation returns. This paper offers an overview of the relevant tax provisions in order to demonstrate the “calculative apparatus” (Miller, 1994, p. 3) related to the representation of expenditure on the rehabilitation of mining sites since the tax regime has the capacity to transform the behaviour of mining entities, the community and ultimately society. Then, an analysis of the accounting standard for extractive industries is provided, with specific attention to the accounting treatment of rehabilitation of mining site expenditure. In this way we highlight another calculative apparatus of another institution which influences the representation of, the responses to and the responses of mining companies. It will be demonstrated that these two institutions provide different calculative practices to represent the same activities, and these different representations will not be taken for granted, but challenged. The accounting system and the taxation system each claims to serve society. However, when these systems are considered together, we argue that the implicit relationship of the institutions serves to perpetuate and legitimate the privilege of some sectors of the society at the expense of others. In particular, the holders of capital in the mining sector are privileged by the accounting and taxation systems. The significance of this claim is underscored by the contribution that the natural resources industry has made in Australia, and this context is presented next. It will be followed by a consideration of the tax treatment of the expenditure on rehabilitation of mining sites and then the accounting treatment thereof.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Accounting allows for future estimated expenditure which has not been incurred to be accounted for in periods prior to the activity of the rehabilitation (usually at the end of the mine’s economic life). This allows for a particular construction of reality. That is, a particular accounting practice is invoked through accounting standards which allow a particular financial representation, to which shareholders respond. Another set of calculative practices, this time allowed by the taxation system, can be invoked to create another set of representational practices for the same entity and the same activity. These representations are legitimated by the claims to transformative capacity, of the kind which presents the mining entities, which created the environmental destruction, to appear as if they are fulfilling their environmental responsibilities. In turn, these entities can be said to have fulfilled their social obligations and hence be good corporate citizens. Whether social benefits can be had by all is questionable and certainly the validity of such claims needs to be challenged. But first some questions need to be raised. Who or what is the community/society: is its companies, shareholders, employees, the environment, current generations or future generations? If shareholders represent the only sector to benefit, can the accounting or tax institutions claim they have served the community or society overall? The mining company, accounting standards and the taxation system (the State) act seemingly independently to privilege a particular class of citizen (providers of capital), while at the same time claim to be acting for the benefit of society as a whole. We conclude, that the independence of these institutions act to obfuscate their role in perpetuating the privileges, powers and impact on the society in which they claim to serve.