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REIA slams property taxes as 'inefficient'

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The Real Estate Institute of Australia is calling on the federal government to review taxes, such as stamp duty, that are currently paid by property owners.

At present, Nick Greiner, John Brumby and Bruce Carter of Ferrier Hodgson are conducting a GST Distribution Review, which will be handed to the Treasurer Wayne Swan in February.

REIA president Pamela Bennett said she hoped the report would include a review of the various state property taxes.

According to Ms Bennett, the current state property taxes are a major source of revenue for states and territories but are "extremely inefficient and inequitable".

"Revenue from conveyance stamp duties is highly volatile, unreliable and unpredictable and as such, should be part of the review of GST distribution to the states," Ms Bennett said.

According to the Henry Review, "stamp duties on conveyances are inconsistent with the needs of a modern tax system. While a significant source of state tax revenue, they should be replaced with a more efficient means of raising revenue".

"Stamp duties represent additional costs to property transactions, thereby discouraging turnover of housing and distorting choices between renting and buying, and between moving house and renovating. Individuals who need to move more frequently (particularly for work or family reasons) are penalised and pay considerably more in taxes.

"REIA would like to see the reform of inefficient state taxes that impede economic growth, investment and labour mobility."

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Many investors who would have been successfully approved for finance last year are struggling now to either begin or continue their property investment journey because of the current financial climate.

In this episode of the Smart Property Investment Show, broker John Manciamelli and Momentum Media director Alex Whitlock joins host Tim Neary to discuss how APRA changes and the royal commission have resulted in a tighter lending economy and what that means for Australian investors.

They discuss what traps investors should avoid if they are trying to obtain finance, the four key growth drivers in a property market and unpacking trust structures while revealing one type of trust that you should miss.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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