In an attempt to plug a growing deficit, South Africa is increasing wealth taxes.
In his 2017/18 budget speech, South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan opted to focus on taxing high income earners to find desperately needed money.
Arguments about reducing the tax burden of companies tend to get associated with rabid neoliberals. Here's why they needn't be.
Was Bill Shorten right about federal government spending on negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions?
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?
The RBA noted in 2003 that housing was a potential source of risk for the economy.
A 2014 memo from the RBA is being used like a political football in the current election campaign, but this was never its intended purpose.
Australia’s negative gearing regime is one of the most generous in the world.
Think tank makes case for cutting capital gains tax discount.
About a third of property investors are positively geared.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that Labor's negative gearing policy would deliver "massive shocks" to the residential housing market and drive all investors away. Does that claim stack up?
Malcolm Turnbull in Question Time appeared to rule out any changes to capital gains tax, before correcting.
Malcolm Turnbull has not totally removed changes to capital gains tax from the options on the tax table – despite appearing to do so in Question Time.
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.
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.
While a major tax switch is now not on, Scott Morrison is still heavily focused on the challenge of bracket creep.
Fairfax-Ipsos’ first poll of 2016 has the government ahead 52-48% on the two-party vote and Malcolm Turnbull leading Bill Shorten 64-19% as preferred prime minister. While the numbers for the Coalition…
Bill Shorten announced a number of tax reform initiatives at the NSW Labor conference.
Bill Shorten has unveiled tax changes that will tighten negative gearing and capital gains tax provisions, saving $565 million over the forward estimates and $32.1 billion over a decade.
Charging capital gains tax on sales of the family home won’t fly.
A suggestion to remove the exemption on capital gains tax on main residences is something no politician will touch.
Coalition backbencher David Coleman wants investors in startups to be exempt from paying capital gains tax.
Tax systems are notoriously bad for doing things other than raising revenue.
Those with the means to invest through hedge funds in tax havens benefit.
Current Australian tax rules are distorting decisions of investors, which is why the Cayman Islands remains so attractive.
Calls to change Australia’s capital gains regime should revisit the last system before rushing in with changes.
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.
Rethinking tax is harder than it looks.
Even when everyone agrees on the need for reform, there's no guarantee we'll ever see it happen.
There’s more to house prices than supply and demand.
Real estate is favourably taxed in Australia, and it will continue to bite the housing market unless there is serious reform.
Who pays what share of tax is an age old debate, so perhaps it’s time to turn things on their head.
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Australia's current tax system distorts investor behaviour. Rethinking the entire structure could shift things for the better.
Has treasurer Joe Hockey already made up his mind about the more controversial tax suggestions in the recent Re:think discussion paper?
Treasurer Joe Hockey's media comments this week around contentious tax issues don't bode well for the Taxation White paper.
Are Australians blaming the wrong people for skyrocketing house prices?
Further reading: Little hard data in the area of foreign investment Don’t be misled on Chinese foreign investment: read the facts Don’t blame foreign investment for rising house prices Explainer: why negative…
Under the current tax regime, investors and cashed up owner occupiers are bidding up the cost of housing.
In an ideal (and economically efficient) world, tax policy would not influence the investment or consumption choices taxpayers make. In reality, this neutrality is rarely achieved. External factors influence…