PCA says negative gearing is for everyday Australians

PCA says negative gearing is for everyday Australians
PCA says negative gearing is for everyday Australians

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

"As the Government's analysis shows negative gearing is used overwhelmingly by people working in some of our most valued, but lower paid professions,” its chief executive Ken Morrison said.

“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.

“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.”

The Property Council of Australia says in 2012-13 almost 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.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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