MEDIA RELEASE: Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA) condemns parcel tax, Canberra’s continued attack on online shoppers

The ATA, a 50,000+ member taxpayer advocacy group representing the nation’s taxpayers, today condemned the government’s parcel tax proposal, which will effectively double the price of some goods, and call on the government to cut irresponsible spending and waste that has blown our public debt ceiling past the $600 billion mark instead of slugging hard-working Aussie families with even higher taxes.

“High costs of living or doing business in Australia are driving more Aussies online where their favourite items can be purchased at a reasonable price and where they can find things they could never find locally. Small and large Australian businesses alike rely on these imports to continue providing competitive goods and services. After last year’s 10% price hike on goods worth less than $1,000 purchased from overseas, due to take effect in July 2018, another cash grab from online shoppers that will effectively double the current price of some goods, is shameless opportunism.” Said Satyajeet Marar, Director of Policy at the ATA.

“The parcel tax will affect 90% of deliveries entering the country and is a regressive step for a centre-right government at a time when the USA is reducing the tax burden on its workers, allowing Americans to keep more of what they earn.

“Sustained tax hikes on imports are likely to trigger tariff retaliation from our trading partners, smashing businesses and consumers with even higher prices while undoing years of effort spent negotiating trade deals. The Turnbull government should be commended for taking efforts to reduce trade barriers and it does not make sense to undo years of hard work by going after online shopping.

“In 2013, then Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey slammed the Labor government for raising the debt ceiling past $300 billion dollars. Today, public debt stands at nearly double that figure, a whopping $40,000+ per Aussie household. Australia has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. We call on the government to cut wasteful spending instead of dipping deeper into the pockets of taxpayers already struggling with one of the highest tax burdens in the developed world.” 

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