The Henry Tax Review was released at 2.30pm today. It was expected to have an impact on property investment, but it appears that the impact will be minimal in the short term. See Summary of Report and Mr Swan's response: www.futuretax.gov.au
From the Report:
The structure of land taxes could be improved by broadening the land tax base to eventually include all land. Land tax rates should be based on the value of a given property, so that the tax does not discriminate between different owners or uses of land. A tax-free threshold based on the per-square-metre value of the land could be set such that there would be no tax liability on most agricultural and other low-value land. Higher-value land could be taxed at differentiated rates based on the per-square-metre value of the land."Likewise the second part of the Henry Review’s two “key directions for efficient land and resource taxation”. The first part is the idea of a 40 per cent resource rent tax, which was first leaked in January. The response to the leak was obviously sufficiently mixed for the thing to become the centrepiece of Mr Swan’s tax reform.
The second part – and given equal weight in the review – is a national land tax of 1 per cent applying to all land regardless of use. Absolutely no mention of that in either leaks or today’s statement.
The Henry Review also recommends a 40 per cent discount to individuals for net interest income, residential rent, capital gains and interest related to listed shares. Also leaked, but rejected."