The 2013 Robin Oliver Tax Policy Scholarship study award, worth $30,000, has been granted to Carolyn Palmer, a senior tax policy advisor with Inland Revenue.
She will use the award to further her doctoral thesis, examining tax policy responses to natural disasters such as the Christchurch earthquake, the Queensland floods and the Japanese Tsunami.
The Tax Policy Scholarship Charitable Trust which granted the award was established by Tax Management NZ to recognise Robin Oliver’s 30 years of public service leadership in tax policy; inspire future tax policy leaders in New Zealand; and to support the continuation of leading tax policy thinking in New Zealand.
Carolyn has been the Tax Policy advisor to the Minister of Finance and managed numerous tax projects including those for the Victoria University Tax Working Group and the Business Tax Review. Currently seconded to the Treasury as a Principal Advisor she has also worked as a tax advisor in the private sector.
Chairman of the selection panel, John Shewan says the panel is delighted to award the inaugural scholarship to someone with a broad range of tax policy experience involved in looking at how the tax policy process could be improved.
The study award is to be used to further international tax policy study. It complements a lecture visit earlier in the year by Professor Alan Auerbach of the University of California which was also funded by the Tax Policy Scholarship Charitable Trust.