11 March 1996 - 3 December 2007
INCOME TAX ACT REDUCED BY AROUND 30 PER CENT
The Treasurer today announced the Government plans to cut tax law by close to 30 per cent.
The advisory Board of Taxation has been reviewing the tax legislation with a view to initiating ways to promote the ease of use of the income tax law.
The Board has now provided a report to the Government on provisions of the tax law that are inoperative and can be repealed. The Board estimates that up to 28 per cent, or 2,100 pages, of the Attorney-General's Department's Scaleplus (now ComLaw www.comlaw.gov.au) version of the combined Income Tax Assessment Acts can be repealed.
Inoperative provisions are those that have ceased to apply to taxpayers, either because they have no effect after a date in the past or because all the transactions they did affect have now concluded.
Repealing the inoperative provisions is a significant step to reduce complexity in our tax laws. Tax practitioners will find it much easier to navigate the printed and electronic versions of the income tax law, and the size of the reprinted tax legislation will be reduced.
In addition to the consultation already undertaken by the Board, the Government will undertake further consultation on the draft legislation to repeal the inoperative provisions. This will give the public an opportunity to identify any provisions that might still have an ongoing operation, minimising any risk of repealing a provision that should remain in the law. A draft Bill is expected to be ready for release early next year. In the meantime, the Board’s report is available on the Board of Taxation’s website (www.taxboard.gov.au).
The Treasurer thanked the Board of Taxation for the report and for the high quality of its work on this proposal.
24 November 2005
Contact: David Alexander
(03) 9650 0244