Tax concessions set for Treasury scrutiny

Katarina Taurian
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The true costs and benefits of superannuation tax concessions should be analysed by Treasury, a parliamentary committee has recommended.

Last week the House of Representatives Tax and Revenue Committee delivered its report on how the annual tax expenditures statement (TES) should be calculated.

The committee noted that superannuation can have significant long-term benefits but these are not taken into account by Treasury in the TES.


“The Committee believes that the statement (TES), in its current form, produces figures on the current costs of superannuation tax concessions without any reflection or analysis about future benefits either to the government or to retirees. If one of the purposes of the statement is to inform debate, then the committee believes that it is paramount that the statement and related policy analysis should do so in a balanced way,” the committee said.

This argument is consistent with industry views that there needs to be a more holistic and sophisticated approach to valuing tax concessions, with a model that, for example, factors in a reduction in age pension costs.


Tax concessions set for Treasury scrutiny
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