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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are giving billions to charity through their donor-advised fund instead of a traditional foundation. Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

Donor-advised funds: Charities with benefits

As these tax-exempt vehicles transform philanthropy, they’re drawing more scrutiny. Will Congress or the Trump administration tinker with the rules that encouraged their rapid growth?
Many of the economists argued that the principle of the CGT discount is not a bad policy, however the level of the discount is generous and is open for abuse. Lukas Coch/AAP

Capital gains tax concession is too generous: economists poll

The Economics Society of Australia (ESA) Monash Forum polled economists on whether capital gains tax deductions for housing investment should be removed.
Assets held until the retirement phase in super, can then be sold with no, or minimal, capital gains tax payable. www.shutterstock.com

Despite superannuation changes, one tax loophole remains

The government has yet to address a major incentive to put assets into super and hold them until the retirement phase.
Was Bill Shorten right about federal government spending on negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions? Q&A

Election FactCheck Q&A: does the government spend more on negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts than on child care or higher education?

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said that Australia spends more at a Commonwealth level on negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts than it does on child care or higher education. Is he right?
Labor’s Chris Bowen and Bill Shorten announced plans for new tax rules, and the government, even as it attacked their plan, has also opened the door to changes to negative gearing. AAP/Gemma Najen

A first step on negative gearing, but not much more

The problem is there are already too many buyers willing to pay high prices, and negative gearing is designed to create more buyers willing to pay more.
Calls to change Australia’s capital gains regime should revisit the last system before rushing in with changes. AAP/Lukas Coch

Tax reform and the simplistic nature of the capital gains tax discount

The issue of how to measure capital gains in "real terms" - that is, over the years they arose, rather than over a financial year, is at the heart of capital gains reform.

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