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Negative gearing battle rages on as Liberals warn of house price ‘whack’

Negative gearing battle rages on as Liberals warn of house price ‘whack’

by Katarina Taurian | May 09, 2019 | 1 minute read

Liberal Party heavyweights, including the federal Treasurer, are ramping up their fight against Labor’s proposed changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax in the countdown to the federal election.

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May 09, 2019

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg this morning said Labor’s plans to limit negative gearing to new builds and halve the CGT discount will categorically increase rents and make property prices plummet.

Sydney was singled out as a city that would be hit hard. Home values are currently in freefall across much of Sydney and are predicted to bottom out in the first half of 2020.

This follows a lash out from Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday, who said key capital city markets can expect a “concrete landing” if Labor’s proposals come to fruition.

While there’s plenty of modelling in the market that backs the Liberal Party’s projections, including from SQM Research, some tax experts aren’t convinced of the doomsday predictions. 

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For example, The Tax Institute’s Professor Robert Deutsch thinks there will be a disruption but, broadly, the housing market will remain healthy. Mr Deutsch considers the fact that Labor’s proposals will cover all manner of investments, not just property.

“If all asset classes are targeted, then it doesn’t mean property has a problem,” said Mr Deutsch.

At this stage, the proposals are just that, proposals. As Mr Deutsch previously said, “the devil is in the details”, and projections can’t be certain until legislation is drafted.

Negative gearing battle rages on as Liberals warn of house price ‘whack’
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