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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.
ACOSS says over 90% of investment in negatively geared housing stock applies to existing properties. Paul Millar/AAP Image

Include a crackdown on trusts in tax reform: ACOSS

The Australian Council of Social Service has called for the tax treatment of private trusts to be tightened, which it says could save $1.5 billion in 2017-18.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has ruled out changes to negative gearing, but the policy advantages some taxpayers over others. AAP/Joel Carrett

Why negative gearing is not a fair tax policy

Almost 1.3 million Australian taxpayers use negative gearing. But the policy is inherently unfair.
Record-low interest rates could further inflate the housing markets in Sydney and Melbourne. Paul Miller/AAP

Speaking with: Keith Jacobs on the politics of housing

While policies such as negative gearing have helped middle to high income earners own property, they have also locked low income earners out of the market and created an unequal housing sector.
Has treasurer Joe Hockey already made up his mind about the more controversial tax suggestions in the recent Re:think discussion paper? AAP/Lukas Coch

The Tax white paper - only good for fish and chips now?

Treasurer Joe Hockey's media comments this week around contentious tax issues don't bode well for the Taxation White paper.
Can everyone be a winner from comprehensive tax reform? Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Tax reform - can we ALL win?

Just what are the issues we need to watch when it comes to tax reform? Read this explainer.
Should housing policy and tax reform be driven by pricey Sydney housing? Aaron Jacobs/Flickr

Housing bubble or not, negative gearing should stay

The perennial debate about negative gearing of residential property investments has been reignited yet again, by two reports in the past week. The International Monetary Fund has nominated taxes on housing…
Quarantining losses is used across much of our public finance system. Negative gearing is an exception. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Why it’s time to quarantine negative gearing

Abolishing the sacred cow of negative gearing - where losses can be used as a deduction against other income - is considered by governments of all persuasions as electorally unpalatable. But this part…

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