Negative gearing benefits middle Australia, says Joe Hockey

By Mozo ·

The Property Council of Australia welcomed comments from Treasurer Joe Hockey reported in the Weekend Australian that there is “no merit” in changing negative gearing for residential property.

According to the government’s analysis, negative gearing is used a lot by people with medium incomes. For instance, in the year 2012-13, approximately 36,000 nurses and midwives, 10,415 emergency service workers, 53,855 teachers, 10,255 social workers and 90,000 clerical staff all earning around or less than $80,000 per annum declared a net rental loss.

“Negative gearing is a well-established, long-standing part of Australia’s tax system and the people who use it most are everyday Australians looking to get ahead,” said Ken Morrison, Chief Executive of the Property Council.

“This isn’t some tax lurk for the wealthy, it is a legitimate and effective part of our taxation system that is used most by people earning under $80,000 per annum who become property investors through their own hard work.

“Any changes to negative gearing would hit middle Australia hardest and would take away one of the best ways most people have to save for their retirement,” he continued.

The Reserve Bank recently revealed that investors spent $6bn on the property market in June, one of the largest monthly figures on record, reported the The Australian.

“Negative gearing is a way for people on medium incomes to get into the property market,” Mr Hockey told The Weekend Australian. “Many hard-working Australians have invested money in real estate … to give themselves some financial security.”

As the government prepares to outline tax reform options­ in a white paper before the next election, Mr Hockey’s statement made it clear that negative gearing would not be one of the targets.

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