Category Archives: Tax Policy

Property transactions and clearance certificates

The Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (2015 Measures No 6) Bill 2015 is now law (just awaiting Royal Assent). I don’t like it at all… But we now need to understand that from 1 July 2016 a purchaser of certain CGT … Continue reading

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The end of tax depreciation schedules

I don’t know if the Quantity Surveyors have worked it out yet, but they have the most to lose from the changes to negative gearing that are currently being discussed. Labor is promising to remove negative gearing from all purchased … Continue reading

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Tax “expenditures”

The yearly “tax expenditure statement” has been released (http://www.treasury.gov.au/PublicationsAndMedia/Publications/2016/TES-2015). What is a tax expenditure? Its a negative tax. Effectively it is a tax concession so that certain income is taxed less than the “norm”. For example, super is taxed at … Continue reading

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Arrr, the Greens

The Greens have done it again. When you put out a press release titled “Axing just 4 unfair tax breaks would plug Budget revenue hole” you are going to get me excited. With a yearly budget deficit of $35-40 billion I was … Continue reading

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Innovation Tax Changes

Why does “innovation” have anything to do with tax changes? In the Government’s Innovation Statement most of the expenditure is making tax changes. Tax is a revenue raising device… Not a method to change people’s actions. When you use tax … Continue reading

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What are we waiting for…

Each December I try to wrap up the year with the tax promises that have not quite made it into law. While the list has VERY, VERY SLOWLY, getting shorter, there are still a number of measures that are yet … Continue reading

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What a waste of time

It is stupid tax policy made worse… From 1 July 2016 there will be a 10% non-final withholding tax on payments made to foreign residents that dispose of certain  property. The effect of this will be that where a foreign … Continue reading

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