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Turnbull should help the states switch stamp duty for land tax

Rachel Ong and Gavin Wood write in The Conversation (20.4.16) about proposals to replace states' property stamp duties with a more equitable land tax system.

'Before the government considers company or personal income tax cuts, it should help the states replace property stamp duties with a broad based land tax argues the Australian Council of Social Service.

'It is well recognised by tax experts that land taxes are a more efficient tax than stamp duty. Indeed Treasury modelling released earlier this month confirmed what theory has long proposed – that stamp duties are a drag on the economy, raising the price of housing and adding to the upfront costs that homebuyers pay to break into the home ownership market.'

 

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