Labor seats have plenty of negative gearing property investors

Labor seats have plenty of negative gearing property investors
Labor seats have plenty of negative gearing property investors

Some of the highest concentrations of property investors with negatively geared investment properties are in Labor-held electorates, analysis released by the federal government to News ltd papers show.

The income and tax statistics-based report by the Australian Taxation Office was published along with a coalition attack on Labor’s policy to phase out negative gearing.

Some 1.3 million Australians take advantage of the tax break on investment properties, with 640,000 living in coalition electorates and 570,000 in Labor-held seats.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Labor’s property plan would punish investors, he told The Australian.

According to a nationwide seat-by-seat study by the government, the most recent incom­e and tax statistics from the Australian Taxation Office shows that more people ­residing in Labor-held seats had negatively geared rental properties than in Coalition-held seats, in five out of the eight states and ­territories.

Josh Frydenberg ­said the ATO data showed that in the biggest property market, NSW, the number of people who negatively geared rental properties was divided equally among Labor and Coalition-held seats, with deputy ALP leader Tanya Plibersek’s seat of Sydney featuring in the country’s top 10.

The electorates with the highest number of investors were the two seats in the ACT, both of which are held by Labor.

The latest data shows about 254,000 Queenslanders claimed a loss in 2015-16.

Some regional Queensland electorates have been hit with huge slumps in property prices since the mining downturn, The Courier Mail has noted.

In Capricornia and Flynn in central Queensland, along with Dawson, which has a strong mining and tourism workforce, have about one in 10 voters who claim for a net rental loss.

In NSW The Telegraph published data from Treasury revealing 374,000 Sydneysiders are claiming the benefit.

“No real estate market will be harder hit by Labor’s ill-conceived property tax than the NSW market,” the Treasurer said.

Treasury data reveals about 10,000 people in each of the Labor electorates of Parramatta, Greenway, Barton, Sydney and Kingsford Smith claimed the tax discount. 

The 8655 people using the concession in deputy opposition leader Anthony Albanese’s Grayndler electorate is more than the 8195 people in former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s old electorate of Wentworth, the paper noted.

Labor's proposed rules apply to properties bought after the policy start date: either July 1 next year or July 1, 2020, depending on the timing of the next election.

The government claims that investors already holding negatively geared property will feel the impact of the grandfathered policy by trying to sell into a depressed market with less interest coming from investors.

Labor’s policy to restrict negative gearing to new dwellings - and to cut the capital gains discount from 50 per cent to 25 per cent - has come under sharper scrutiny, The Australian reported. 

Master Builders Australia has warned that it would result in a $12bn hit to building activity in the sector and lead to 42,000 fewer new homes being built over five years.

There are 120,000 ­investors with three or more properties, up from 116,700 just a year prior.

This week the Westpac boss Brian Hartzer noted a factor weighing on property uncertainty was the Labor policy, although he stopped short of blaming the proposed policy as a reason for falling prices.

"Clearly negative gearing is a significant feature in investors' decisions on property investment, or certainly, it has been over recent years. So a change in negative gearing policy would be viewed by many investors as a significant issue to be thought through before they make a further property investment," Mr Hartzer said.



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