Why am I shouldering your tax liabilities?

Why am I shouldering your tax liabilities?

South Australia is reforming Land Tax laws so holders are assessed on their aggregate land holdings by looking through corporate structures some have created to minimise their liabilities. The SA reforms mirror and are based on existing laws in Victoria and NSW.  This...

How much is a politician’s skin worth?

  The IMF has added its voice to the calls for Australia to reform how we tax ourselves to be more productive, fairer and better placed to manage the headwinds ahead. Its annual consultation report with the Australian government says: “Stamp duties should be...

What silly kind of a tax raises no money?

Overseas buyers of Melbourne real estate have had to pay a Foreign Purchaser Additional Duty since mid-2015. The tax raised $133 million last year, according to official figures released to The Age under Freedom of Information. The newspaper tried to suggest this tax...
Dear God, whose side are you on?

Dear God, whose side are you on?

Meander Valley Council in Tasmania will sell a family’s home at public auction in three weeks unless they pay their overdue rates. This reluctant display of the authority of government illustrates the limits and strengths of land title in Australia. The Examiner...