Bringing forward tax cuts in federal budget fair, but not very effective: Deloitte

Original article by Killian Plastow
The New Daily – Page: Online : 28-Sep-20

The federal government has flagged bringing forward tax cuts planned for 2024-25 when it hands down the budget on 6 October. There have been claims that doing so would increase inequality in Australia, but Chris Richardson from Deloitte Access Economics contends that the tax cuts are "fair". However, he suggests that while the tax cuts will help to stimulate the economy, other measures such as spending on infrastructure or social housing could be more effective, as the cuts will generally benefit high-income earners who are more likely to save the extra money than spend it.

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DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU LIMITED

Migration, tax reform key to revival

Original article by Geoff Chambers
The Australian – Page: 4 : 24-Aug-20

The Australian Industry Group has urged the federal government to pursue major changes to the nation’s tax system. The employers’ group says long-term tax reform measures should include an overhaul of the goods and services tax, the abolition of mining royalties and replacing fuel excise with road-user charges. It has also called for scheduled personal income tax cuts to be brought forward and business income tax relief to be extended. The AiGroup also wants the migrant cap to be increased, with priority given to skilled migrants.

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THE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY GROUP

Tax reform pushed onto the states

Original article by John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 27-Jul-20

New South Wales Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has been leading a push for tax reform, including the goods and services tax, payroll tax and stamp duties. The federal government wants its NSW counterpart to outline clear proposals for tax reform, amid doubts as to whether Perrottet has much support within the state government for his proposals. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has previously stated that the federal government will not consider tax reform proposals unless there is agreement among the states, while Federal Liberal MP Jason Falinski contends that the worst taxes are state-based and can be changed without any involvement at federal level.

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NEW SOUTH WALES. THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Business in push to fast-track tax cuts

Original article by Rosie Lewis, Joe Kelly
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 15-Jul-20

The Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry has used its pre-budget submission to call for comprehensive tax reform, including bringing forward legislated personal income tax cuts. The ACCI also advocates a gradual reduction in the JobSeeker allowance to pre-coronavirus levels, while it says the domestic economy will be vulnerable to further shocks for several years due to the impact of COVID-19. Meanwhile, a Menzies Research Centre paper argues that all of the national cabinet’s decisions on coronavirus lockdowns measures should be subject to a cost-benefit analysis. The report by economists Henry Ergas and Joe Branigan was written before the new virus outbreaks in Melbourne and Sydney.

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AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, THE MENZIES RESEARCH CENTRE LIMITED

ACTU boss opposes tax cut for workers

Original article by Greg Brown
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 10-Jul-20

ACTU secretary Sally McManus has urged the federal government to extend the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme for an additional six months. It is slated to end in late September, but McManus says the union movement will not support an extension of temporary changes to workplace laws unless the scheme is extended for all eligible workers. McManus also opposes bringing forward personal income tax cuts, arguing that it will lead to less money being spent on essential services. She adds that company tax cuts should not be considered until tax loopholes and rorts have been addressed.

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ACTU

Australia among highest corporate tax collectors: OECD

Original article by Matthew Cranston, Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 9-Jul-20

A report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development shows that corporate tax accounted for about 5.5 per cent of Australia’s GDP in 2017. This compares with an average of three per cent across all OECD member nations. The US and the Bahamas are among 15 jurisdictions whose corporate tax rates comprise less than two per cent of GDP. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg contends that Australia’s lower value add tax is a key reason for the nation’s personal and corporate income tax rates being higher than the OECD average.

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ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

Twenty years on, burning platform is here for GST reform: Ken Henry

Original article by John Kehoe
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 36 : 29-Jun-20

Former Treasury secretary Ken Henry has called for an overhaul of Australia’s tax system in response to the coronavirus-induced recession. Henry was a top tax adviser to the Howard government when it introduced the goods and services tax. Former federal treasurer Peter Costello says Australia’s tax system has become increasingly complex since the GST was introduced two decades ago, arguing that it needs to be simplified. He concedes that the GST base should have been broader with fewer exemptions; however, he is cautious about expanding it now, arguing that ‘populist politics’ in the Senate could result in even more exemptions than at present.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

Cut tax to spark mining boom

Original article by Geoff Chambers
The Australian – Page: 1 & 5 : 25-May-20

The Minerals Council of Australia has urged the federal government to reduce the company tax rate as part of its post-coronavirus economic strategy. MCA CEO Tania Constable says the nation’s corporate tax rate is not internationally competitive, and measures such as tax reform and speeding up project approvals could prompt a new wave of resources projects worth around $100bn. Master Builders Australia has in turn called for a $13.2bn stimulus package for the construction industry. Prime Minister Scott Morrison will deliver an economic recovery speech on 26 May.

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MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, MASTER BUILDERS AUSTRALIA INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Tax system doesn’t support recovery

Original article by John Kehoe, Patrick Durkin
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 23-Apr-20

Former Treasury secretary Ken Henry has backed calls by Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe for an overhaul of the tax system when the pandemic is contained. Henry led a review of the tax system in 2010, and he contends that its findings and recommendations are still relevant. Amongst other things, Henry advocates replacing the GST, payroll taxes and some state-based taxes with a new tax on business cash flow. He has also proposed phasing out stamp duties in favour of a land tax system.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY

Company tax rate back on table

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 23-Apr-20

Deregulation, tax reform and changes to the industrial relations system are expected to be the federal government’s priorities when the coronavirus pandemic abates. The Coalition is of the view that the economy will need reforms of a similar magnitude to those implemented by the Hawke-Keating Labor government three decades ago. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg notes that Australia’s company tax rate remains high by global standards, although he has ruled out any changes to the GST at present. The government has also signalled its intention to revive the Ensuring Integrity Bill.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY