tax reform

Prosper’s 2018-19 Federal Prebudget submission

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The debate over tax policy in Australia has reached fairly mediocre levels. The best the Federal Government can muster is a company tax cut, which they intend to by stealth replace with income tax via bracket creep. Meanwhile the natural bounty of land is ever increasing in price via debt leveraging and population growth, worsening […]

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A Land Tax for the Top End?

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Amid recent GST distribution cuts of $400m p.a. (about 12% of revenue) and a flagging property market, the Northern Territory Government is facing severe fiscal challenges. The NT is the most stamp duty reliant government in the federation, and has been hard hit an inevitable correction in its housing market. Annual dwelling (predominantly land) prices […]

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Greens discover the housing, tax and wealth reality

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The Greens have a new housing policy out. They begin with the high principle that all should have access to land then veer off with emotion at the tax rorts available to the wealthy. Everyone Needs A Home calls for an end to negative gearing, the Capital Gains Tax discount and proposes exchanging state-based Stamp […]

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Leadership is more than presiding, Gladys

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Economist Peter Abelson has dropped a bomb on Sydney’s madly expensive land market, asserting the usual demand and supply equations have little influence on prices while major positive benefits are available from ending Stamp Duty and using land tax. His views only came to light after journalist Adam Creighton used FOI to prise his report […]

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Our lives are like a Hieronymus Bosch or Pieter Bruegel painting

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by Dr Gavin Putland WORKERS (i) pay rent, (ii) help their employers to pay rent, and (iii) raise some of the next generation of rent-payers. LAND SPECULATORS (i) receive economic rent for the gifts of nature, (ii) take the credit for providing them, and (iii) lobby governments for an ever-increasing supply of rent-payers. BANKS (i) […]

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The fragrant vagrant is not a rose by another name

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Melbourne City Council is wringing its hands again over developer land vagrancy – prime sites deliberately held vacant or with disused, dangerous buildings to assist developer lobbying of government for rezoning or advantageous building permits. The issue last hit the news when a wall collapsed at the old CUB site in Swanston Street in 2013 […]

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The Metricon Judgement

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In March last year, the NSW Supreme Court set aside the NSW Office of State Revenue’s assessment for land tax in 2009-13 on certain lands at Terranora in the Tweed Valley held by Metricon. The developer bought the $60m aggregation to subdivide for residential use. It side-stepped a land tax liability of around $1.2m per […]

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Mozambique model creates jobs and food… can this work in South Africa?

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by Peter Meakin South African Constitutional Property Rights Foundation Will Minister Gigaba encourage the trafficking of South Africa’s unemployed to Mozambique? Realistically, the best chance for South Africa’s 8.5 million jobless is a single bus ticket to Maputo. Work prospects there are unlimited because access to fertile land is free. That alone is a treasure […]

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Reading tea-leaves won’t help – look at the tax bases

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Cameron Kushner of CoreLogic has offered an interesting analysis of property tax bases in Taxation Revenue From Property Continues to Climb. Tax bases reveal more about a country’s future prospects than Treasury forecasts and economist sooth-saying. Where and how it taxes is the single most important tool government has to foster national prosperity. It is […]

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Victoria gets annual land valuations

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The Andrews government has announced State Land Tax will be calculated annually rather than every two years, a painless inexpensive reform Prosper urges all states to adopt. The Valuer-General’s assessment is used to calculate council rates and land tax. Valuers today use computer-assisted mass appraisal to determine what land is worth, so upgrading the biennial […]

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