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Company tax reductions just don’t cut it

Publication date: 03 May 18 | Source: THE TAX INSTITUTE

SYDNEY, 3 May 2018: The focus on a company tax rate reduction is only a small part of reforming our tax system. More comprehensive reform is necessary. 

“There are a number of possibilities which could be adopted to promote a more efficient and simpler tax system” says Professor Robert Deutsch, Senior Tax Counsel at The Tax Institute. 

Three key measures that The Tax Institute is regularly advocating for reform of the tax system are: 

  1. Standardising tax rates and brackets such that the rates might be: 

0 – 20,000                    nil

20,001 – 80,000           25%

80,001 – 180,000         35%

180,001 +                     45% 

  1. Abolishing the Fringe Benefits Tax, Medicare levy, and surcharge, and simply making them part of the overall income tax that is currently collected from taxpayers. 
  1. Expanding the scope of GST by eliminating the GST free categories for basic food, health and education with up to half the tax saved being used to compensate lower paid income earners and pensioners for the additional cost of living. 

“These measures will have major impacts, both negative and positive, but would reduce complexity in the tax system, without compromising equity between taxpayers”, says Professor Deutsch. 



For more information:

Stephanie Conway, Media Relations Contact: 02 8223 0011


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