Genuine reform should include tackling tax concessions on superannuation, capital gains and trusts and redesigning the GST.
The Tax Office should prepare a test case to establish the limits of negative gearing. It might be more limited than has been widely assumed.
An astounding one in nine taxpayers negatively gear, costing Australia more than $2.7 billion a year. Here’s how we could get better value for that money – and supercharge investment in new housing.
Well-off investors with multiple properties own a majority of rental homes. They have no excuse not to do the right thing by their tenants.
The people with the worst health often live in rental homes likely to make them sicker, and poor policy could make it worse.
There are no ‘silver bullet’ solutions to a crisis that has left both renters and owners struggling. Only a comprehensive package of bold policies can ensure all Australians are securely housed.
Grattan Institute estimates point to deficits without end, growing with the need for greater spending on health, defence and natural disasters. We’ve presented the treasurer with 13 costed options.
Asked to choose the fairest ways to raise billions, half of the economists backed introducing inheritance taxes. Around a third chose winding back super tax concessions and increased resource taxes.
Australian landlords pay $1 billion less tax per year than the Tax Office believes they should, with almost all of the ‘errors’ in their favour.
The NSW Coalition government has backed a Labor proposal rubbished by the federal Coalition at the last two elections.
With polls showing Scott Morrison in a trough, Labor has become more optimistic about its election prospects and Anthony Albanese is ditching any baggage in pursuit of a win.
We’ve plenty of homes. Rents have barely moved for half a decade
In some quarters, the median Sydney home earns more from capital gains than the median worker earns from wages. Now’s a good time to wind back the measures that push prices up.
Negative gearing would cause few problems if we better taxed capital gains.
The real estate industry acts in its own interests, not those of the tenants it scares.
You can’t help first home buyers without making other buyers worse off.
Topping up deposits by as much as 15 percentage points will help, but housing isn’t risk-free.
Houses will be worth more or less what they would have been, if Labor’s policies are adopted, NSW Treasury analysis says.
Housing policy is a stark point of difference at this election. While the government took promising steps to set up social housing finance, it has yet to give any sign it will finish what it started.
When vested interests are attacked they create myths and battle plans. It’s the surest sign you are on the right track.