ACT Chief Minister suggest paying states and territories to consider scrapping stamp duty

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The leader of the Australian Capital Territory has suggested the federal government should consider paying states and territories to engage in tax reform that could include scrapping stamp duty.

Under the leadership of Andrew Barr as Chief Minister and Treasurer, the ACT Labor Party has committed to phasing out stamp duty in the territory over the next two decades in favour of a property tax.

Speaking at the Housing Industry Association’s Building Better Cities Summit in Sydney yesterday, Barr urged his federal counterparts to incentivise the idea of tax reform for states and territories.

“I encourage the Commonwealth to consider incentive payments to the states to stimulate reform," he said,” Barr said.

"[Asset recycling] has been a very worthwhile exercise – encouraging states to put assets to most productive uses,” he said. 

“A similar idea for reforming taxes would be worthwhile. Political courage will be rewarded and generations of home buyers to come will thank us."

According to Barr, home-buyers, investors and the government will be better off in the ACT once stamp duty is abolished completely.

"Lower conveyance duty is a positive for housing affordability and is beneficial for first-homes buyers, downsizers and interstate migrants to the ACT," he said.

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  • Graham says on 19/08/2015 03:46:34 PM

    I'm pretty sure that the incentive has already been given - The GST 15 years ago! Ridiculous property taxes were supposed to go. It should have been conditional then.
    The only problem is that when Western Australia only gets back less than ONE THIRD of the GST we pay the Govt had to INCREASE LAND TAX to cover it. (Thank you South Australia!).
    Don't expect WA to agree to any increase in GST while this scam stays in place.
    The floor on GST should be at least 75% and anyone who wants to share in WA wealth, come live here. If we keep propping up the other states how will WA get the infrastucture that the other states already have?
    Yes a, non cumulative land tax on ALL individual properties would be fairer and then of course we would need to tax the other two asset classes, CASH AND SHARES.
    Why should only property holdings be taxed? Tax all of the three asset classes held as at 30th June, same as property.
    Currently its a bit like taxing people with i phones and not those with android.

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