Taxpayers Reject GST Tax Hike

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance today condemned calls for an increase in the Goods and Services Tax to pay for more Federal & State Government overspending.

“Australia does not have a revenue problem. It has an overspending problem” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. “Our taxes have skyrocketed the last ten years – the last thing struggling Aussie families need is yet another tax hike.

“In 2008, the Federal Government collected $292 billion in revenue. This year, Joe Hockey will raise a staggering $400 billion, and this is set to go up by another $100 over the next 4 years! According to The National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, bracket creep already means taxes will go up a whopping $3,800 per person by 2018. To want to hit families with yet another tax hike is simply morally and economically repugnant.

“Federal and State governments need to make tough decisions to cut overspending and reject the lazy option to hike the GST – and I commend Senators Day and Leyonhjelm for their courage in making this statement today.

“Make no mistake: The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance supports investigating the base and scope of the GST as part of an overall reform of Australia’s taxation system. Vertical Fiscal Imbalance and inter-state transfers are serious problems, and GST reform should be examined as part of the solution, alongside altering the funding distribution model and returning some tax-levying powers to the states. However, this can only be done with the ultimate goal of reducing the net burden on taxpayers. To call for a GST increase simply because our political ‘leaders’ lack the courage to cut overspending is simply unacceptable.

“The Abbott government was elected on a pledge to reduce our taxes. It’s time it started acting on it – or face the consequences"

Media Contact: Tim Andrews, Executive Director, Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. Mobile: 0434 064 934 Email: tandrews@taxpayers.org.au

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