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April 22, 2011 Leave a comment
First National Real Estate Lakeshores Principal Mark Millington, has snubbed industry representatives who have said in recent media reports that the property industry would support moves to replace stamp duties with a broadening land tax or any other tax.
“It has long been recognised that stamp duty as a tax is inefficient and a complete rort,” Mark Millington said.
“So, while First National Real Estate agrees it needs to go, it does not support the notion that it be replaced with some other tax.
“As far as we are concerned, when the GST was introduced, it was meant to phase out a number of various state and territory government taxes, duties and levies such as banking taxes and stamp duty.
“Now, more than a decade on, we are still being burdened with stamp duty. What’s worse, the property industry appears to be portrayed in some news articles as willing to settle for replacing the duty, instead of having it abolished altogether.”
Beyond the benefits to the property market of lowering the cost of buying, abolishing stamp duty would also serve to help the economy, by making room for the resources boom.
“Stamp duty inhibits mobility for many, which mean mining areas which are desperate for workers are finding it difficult to encourage workers to sell their homes and move to another area,” Mark Millington said.
“The government needs to look at policies that will encourage mobility rather than inhibit it.”
Mark Millington said the upcoming 2011 Federal Tax Summit presents the ideal opportunity to get blanket approval from state and federal governments to abolish this duty and there should be no further talk of ‘replacement’, but to deliver what was promised in the first place.
“Affordability is rearing its ugly head again, and governments need to stop being greedy and looking to the property industry to make up the shortfalls in inefficient spending and ‘black holes’,” Mark Millington said.
“As well as helping first home buyers enter the market, we need to keep stocks available in the upgrader and investor markets. These people are looking at other investments because of the expenses involved in upgrading and investing in property.
“Governments even go so far as to put a stamp duty on the GST that is paid on commercial and industrial properties that are sold, which just seems ludicrous to me.”
Mark Millington is at a loss to understand why governments are resisting the move to abolish stamp duty, when so many are in agreement that it needs to go.
“A recent article said the OECD supported the rationalisation of state and government taxes particularly stamp duty on house sales, the ex-Treasurer Peter Costello said it should have been eliminated when the GST was introduced and even the Henry Review recognises the need for it to go,” Mark Millington said.
“The GST was meant to provide sufficient funding for state needs, and if they are not able to raise enough revenue through the GST they need to look at reform, rather than rorting hard-working Australians and replacing one tax for another. We should get rid of stamp duty altogether.”
Issued by: First National Real Estate. For further information contact Mark Millington, Principal, First National Real Estate Lakeshores, on 02 4359 1555.