Whilst the Commonwealth Government has proposed to address integrity concerns with the wine equalisation tax (WET) rebate (by reducing rebate caps and tightening eligibility criteria) , these reforms do not address the underlying problems caused by the WET to the competitiveness Australian wine industry from the needlessly high compliance costs and distortionary economic impacts. Australian industry leaders have identified ...more »
For large withholders, the total salary and wages amount recorded at label W1 on a Business Activity Statement (BAS) is not used for the purposes of any calculations within the BAS. However, conducting the calculations required in order to complete this label can be administratively burdensome. Propose that the requirement to complete this label be removed for large withholders.
Currently excise applies to crude oil and condensate produced from onshore petroleum fields. Production below a threshold of 30 million barrels per field is excise-free, but producers must still register as manufacturers of excisable goods. This means that onshore producers must meet the ongoing verification, administrative and compliance requirements imposed by the excise regime. Decrease the unnecessary compliance burden ...more »
Section 105A of the Customs Act 1901 applies a maturation requirement for imports of brandy, whisky and rum that mirrors section 77F1 of the Excise Act 1901. This requirement imposes an unnecessary administrative burden on both the importers of these spirits and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and effectively works against the movement of goods between countries. Furthermore, the broad definition of ...more »
The inclusion of deferred tax liabilities in the tax cost setting process adds complexity to the consolidations regime and results in a mismatch of tax and commercial outcomes. Propose deferred tax liabilities be excluded from the entry and exit tax cost setting calculations.
In order for income of a Superannuation fund to be treated as exempt current pension income (ECPI) and therefore be exempt from income tax, section 295-385 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 requires the trustee of the fund to obtain an actuary's certificate. Obtaining such a certificate is burdensome both from a timing and compliance cost perspective. Propose a statutory formula be developed in place of this requirement. ...more »
There is considerably uncertainty in the automotive industry as to which dealer incentives are subject to GST and which are not. Amend GST law to provide clarity by ensuring all dealer incentives are subject to GST.
GST law does not adequately deal with joint ventures (JVs) and in particular, the use of multiple JVs within the oil and gas industry. To reduce complexity and achieve a revenue neutral outcome, propose the amendment of Division 48 of the GST Act to allow commonly operated GST JVs and/or GST JVs involved in common project developments to form a GST Group. Alternatively, amend the existing GST JV provisions of Division ...more »
I'm not sure if the government realises the amount of money lost every year in the dental industry. Today most of the crown and bridge work is sent to China for manufacturing for nothing and I believe that the public/ authorities do not realise. Everyday bags and bags of impressions are sent via couriers, most of the time transiting through large australian based companies. The work is manufactured in large labs overseas ...more »
Suggest the ATO provide further guidance on its current position regarding forgiveness of Div 7A loans owed by deceased estates and the consequences of not meeting minimum repayments, especially where the deceased is a former shareholder and the estate does not have shares in the company
Public tax transparency laws should be changed to require the ATO to publish current year accounting profit/loss extracted from the tax return as well as the current total turnover, taxable income and taxes payable figures. This should help in the public's understanding of company tax performance and reduce the chance of the current data being used in a misleading fashion. It also better aligns with what companies ...more »
The term "approved stock exchange" is used in various places throughout the income tax laws and affects, amongst other things, whether companies are "widely held" for the purposes of the tax laws. Ensure taxpayer certainty by updating the list of approved stock exchanges in Schedule 5 to the Income Tax Regulations 1997 so as to take account of acquisitions and/or name changes of stock exchanges previously on the list. ...more »
The Tax White Paper process may be ended, but the structural tax problems remain.
We encourage governments to pursue structural tax reform - particularly focusing on our outdated tax mix and the problems articulated in the Re:think paper re aging population, our over-reliance on income taxes and under-reliance on taxes on consumption.
Australia's current tax system penalises taxpayers on income derived from savings outside the superannuation system. Given the tax-preferred status of superannuation, it has become the preferred savings vehicle for most Australians. This is beneficial for retirement savings, but does little to recognise the necessity for individuals to save income outside of super to afford major capital purchases during their working ...more »
Superannuation is the primary retirement savings vehicle for the majority of Australians, so it is appropriate that tax concessions are used as a policy lever to provide an incentive, encourage desired behaviour and compensate individuals for locking their savings away in the superannuation system. However, there has been considerable public debate in recent times about the quantum, distribution and equity of the tax ...more »