Researcher

Dr Ann Kayis-Kumar

My Expertise

Ann's research conceptualises tax as a mechanism to achieve social justice across the taxpaying spectrum, ranging from improving the integrity of taxing multinationals to improving the wellbeing of financially vulnerable individuals and small businesses. This has significance and practical application across academia, the profession and government both domestically and internationally.

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Biography

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...view more

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, where she has received multiple teaching citations. She has also received multiple prizes for her teaching leadership, including the 2020 UNSW Business School Social Engagement: UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) Award (for mobilising Tax Clinic teaching to attain multiple United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) and the 2018 UNSW Business School John Prescott Award for Outstanding Teaching Innovation (for co-developing the online gamification ‘PlayTax: Adventures in International Tax Planning’). For completeness, Tax Clinic is a capstone elective course in the new BCom program and 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 ABDC A*-ranked journals including Australian Tax Forum and British Tax Review, and ABDC A-ranked journals including Australian Tax Review and eJournal of Tax Research.


My Grants

  • Australian Government’s Australian Taxation Office National Tax Clinic Program 2020 - Chief Investigator ($100,000)
  • Health@Business and UNSW Medicine Collaboration Seed Funds Grant 2020 - Chief Investigator on the project entitled "Improving mental health outcomes for small businesses in financial distress" ($14,700)
  • CSI Business School Research Grant 2019 - Chief Investigator on the project entitled “UNSW Tax Clinic and Beyond” ($10,000)
  • UNSW Business School Linkage Research Seed Funding 2019 - Co-Chief Investigator on the project entitled “Counting the costs of tax advice: Value added or added burden?” ($23,000)
  • Australian Government’s Australian Taxation Office National Tax Clinic Pilot 2019 - Co-Chief Investigator 1 ($100,000)
  • UNSW Business School Breakthrough Research Grant 2019 - Co-Chief Investigator 1 on the project entitled “Tax Clinic” ($80,000)
  • UNSW Business School Special Research Grant 2018 - Chief Investigator on a SRG entitled “Reforming the Cost of Managing Tax Affairs Deduction: A Framework for Balancing Equity, Efficiency and Integrity” ($10,000)
  • UNSW Business School Special Research Grant 2017 - Chief Investigator on a SRG entitled “Making the Invisible Visible: Modelling Corporate Structure Decisions of a Tax-minimising Multinational” ($9,246)
  • Law Faculty Learning and Teaching Grant 2017 - Chief Investigator on an L&T Grant entitled “PlayTaxLaw: Teaching International Tax Law with Gamification and Adaptive Feedback” ($4,950)

My Qualifications

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)


My Awards

  • UNSW Business School's Social Engagement: UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) Award (2020) 
  • UNSW Business School Dean's Emerging Leadership Award (2019)
  • UNSW Business School's John Prescott Award for Outstanding Teaching Innovation (2018)
  • Best Teaching Paper, Australasian Tax Teachers Association Conference (2017)
  • Graham Hill IFA Research Prize (Fully paid participation in the IFA Congress and Poster Program in Seoul, Korea) (2017)
  • UNSW Learning and Teaching Forum: Favourite Forum Poster (2016)
  • UNSW Business School Dean’s Award for Service (2016)
  • UNSW Business School Student Research Fair: Best Higher Degree Research Poster (2015)
  • UNSW Business School 3MT Faculty Heat: Winner; and, UNSW Interfaculty 3MT Final: Highly Commended (2014)
  • University of Sydney Business School Dean’s Citation for Tutoring (2013, 2014)

My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

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.


My Engagement

  • Vice President (elect), Australasian Tax Teachers Association (ATTA)
  • Representative (re-elect), UNSW Academic Board
  • Representative (re-elect), UNSW Academic Board Programs Committee
  • Appointed Member, The Tax Institute’s NSW Technical Committee
  • Appointed Member, The Tax Institute’s SME Committee
  • Appointed Member, Westminster Tax Discussion Group
  • Member, International Fiscal Association (IFA)
  • Member, Taxation Research Network (TRN) UK
  • Research Affiliate, ANU's Tax and Transfer Policy Institute
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Location

School of Taxation & Business Law
Room 2064, Level 2, Quadrangle Building (E15)
UNSW Sydney 2052

Contact

+61 2 9385 3825