Kick start the economy and abolish Payroll Tax

Kick start the economy and abolish Payroll Tax

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It’s that simple! Problem solved – cue the Henry Tax Review which found that of the major heads of taxation revenue, payroll tax is more damaging to the economy than company tax. When Australia entered the global financial crisis instead of handing out money payroll tax should have been immediately abolished. If Australia wants to have strong employment then back the engine room that drives the economy, instead of greedy States and Territories trying to destroy it.

If the Prime Minister wants to save his position he should act immediately on this given this week’s cash rate cut is not going to save the economy. What we are clearly seeing now is home owners and property investors being given the greatest free kick in Australian economic history with the majority well ahead of their respective mortgage repayments. Unless something is done we will see the cash rate at the current level and possibly lower for quite some time to come.

One only has to look at the NSW report on state finances for 2013 – 14 where a surplus of $1.247 billion was announced thanks mainly to residential and commercial sales. Nobody likes paying stamp duty on real estate transactions especially since they too were supposed to be abolished in 2000 when the GST was introduced. For those who follow the property markets closely ask yourself one simple question – where would real estate prices be today if stamp duty had been abolished? You’re right – they would be much higher.

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Back to the 2013 – 14 NSW state finances report where government revenue grew by 9.8 per cent and expenses grew by just 4.6 per cent. Payroll tax receipts were $248 million which was much less than forecast – surprise, surprise.

The Abbott government needs to act decisively and fast given the budget is in such disarray that this week we saw the governor of the Reserve Bank and the new head of Treasury deliver a dire warning to Cabinet that unless the Senate passes the government’s spending cuts, the budget is at risk of never getting back to surplus. If payroll tax was removed the government would get back to surplus much faster as businesses can then re –invest much more back into their respective businesses instead of being fined for employing people.

If Tony Abbott wants to shirt – front something then there would be no better place to start than by abolishing this absurd tax that is dragging the economy down. What remains to be seen is whether or not our politicians in Canberra have the economic intelligence to recognise this anchor on the Australian economy and act forthwith.

Interesting to read what central banks around the world are doing with interest rates given many are now predicting that the RBA will cut again when they meet next month. The RBA recently released their credit aggregates for December 2014 which identified that home lending is now up to a record $1.42 trillion. Total credit grew by 5.9 per cent with housing posting 7.1 per cent, business 4.8 per cent and personal credit 0.9 per cent in annual terms. If payroll tax were to be abolished business credit would almost double – which is exactly what our economy needs. Why is it that that elected governments fail to recognise this, given this would also drive up spending and GST receipts?

Maybe we need to do a test case, so where better to start than NSW – the best performing state in Australia. NSW also has a state election looming so it would be political suicide for either major party to fight such a decision.

The states and territories made a mockery of removing nominated taxes when the GST was introduced so it’s high time the electorates started reminding these governments that enough is enough.

Aside from politicians I am yet to find anyone who supports payroll tax in Australia.

So what does that tell you?

MOSMAN – 2088

• Number of houses on the market this time last year – 80

• Number of houses on the market last week – 58

• Number of houses on the market this week – 64

• Number of apartments on the market this time last year – 47

• Number of apartments on the market last week – 43

• Number of apartments on the market this week – 47

CREMORNE – 2090

• Number of houses on the market this time last year – 9

• Number of houses on the market last week – 8

• Number of houses on the market this week – 9

• Number of apartments on the market this time last year – 19

• Number of apartments on the market last week – 18

• Number of apartments on the market this week – 16

NEUTRAL BAY – 2089

• Number of houses on the market this time last year – 5

• Number of houses on the market last week – 4

•Number of houses on the market this week – 4

• Number of apartments on the market this time last year– 36

• Number of apartments on the market last week – 37

• Number of apartments on the market this week – 33

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