Original article by Simon Evans
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 : 21-Aug-15
A rebate system introduced in 2004 to help small winegrowers in regional areas is being rorted by some unscrupulous operators, according to Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. The number of entities claiming wine equalisation tax (WET) credits in 2013-14 was 1967, about 100 more than in 2006-07. The Treasury estimates abuse of the so-called WET rebates is set to cost taxpayers $A350 million by 2016. Frydenberg has released a discussion paper and set up a panel of industry experts as he moves to reform the system.
AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, DE BORTOLI WINES PTY LTD, THE YALUMBA WINE COMPANY, FRASER GALLOP ESTATE, WINEMAKERS’ FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED