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Smyth goes to town on the Lease Variation Charge

By johnboy - 11 April 2013 5

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is finding much fault with the taxing of windfall property gains when land is rezoned:

ACT Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth said today Andrew Barr’s Lease Variation Charge has done nothing more than stifle the development sector and short-change Canberrans, while not delivering the revenue expected, revenue promised to fund the Urban Improvement Fund.

“The massive unit tax introduced by ACT Labor and the Greens has already caused a slump in the building industry and is hurting housing affordability and jobs, while not delivering the Government the revenue forecast and the revenue required to fund the Urban Improvement Fund,” Mr Smyth said.

“Now with the latest figures showing that the government only collected $7.3 million in nine months from the Lease Variation Charge against the annual budget target of $23 million, it causes serious concerns it will also have a damaging impact on their Urban Improvement Fund, in turn short-changing Canberrans.

“It is impossible to levy a charge of up to $50,000 on every unit in an apartment development and there not be an effect on housing affordability and the development sector. When will ACT Labor stop hiding the fact that this is simply a tax on housing affordability?

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Smyth goes to town on the Lease Variation Charge
p1 2:58 pm 11 Apr 13

arescarti42 said :

p1 said :

If I was King, I would pass a decree that only land owned by the Territory could be rezoned. But then I am a socialist like that.

With the exception of the airport and maybe a few other bits and pieces, isn’t that pretty much all of it?

Pedant.

arescarti42 2:28 pm 11 Apr 13

p1 said :

If I was King, I would pass a decree that only land owned by the Territory could be rezoned. But then I am a socialist like that.

With the exception of the airport and maybe a few other bits and pieces, isn’t that pretty much all of it?

p1 1:47 pm 11 Apr 13

If I was King, I would pass a decree that only land owned by the Territory could be rezoned. But then I am a socialist like that.

chewy14 1:20 pm 11 Apr 13

Doesn’t Barr know that any development should just be OK’ed and the profits directed straight to the relevant developer’s pockets?

Fancy the government expecting to get some revenue from the rezoning of land, making it far more valuable.

arescarti42 1:12 pm 11 Apr 13

“The massive unit tax introduced by ACT Labor and the Greens has already caused a slump in the building industry and is hurting housing affordability”

I guess that’s why unit rents aren’t falling and there isn’t a massive oversupply of units on the market.

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