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Capital gains, negative gearing and effective tax rates on income from rented houses in Australia

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  • George Fane

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  • Martin Richardson

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This paper reports estimates of effective tax rates on rental property income in Australia. We consider three capital gains tax regimes - the current Australian system, that which prevailed between 1985 and 1999 and a realisation tax that attempts to mimic an accruals tax. We report estimates for each regime in two scenarios - slow anticipated real capital gains and very rapid unanticipated real capital gains. Our results suggest that negative gearing should be retained and capital gains taxation reformed to approximate an accruals tax. We argue that this desirable package would be no harder to administer than the current regime.

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  • George Fane & Martin Richardson, 2004. "Capital gains, negative gearing and effective tax rates on income from rented houses in Australia," Departmental Working Papers 2004-06, The Australian National University, Arndt-Corden Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:pas:papers:2004-06
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    1. Green, Jerry R & Sheshinski, Eytan, 1978. "Optimal Capital-Gains Taxation under Limited Information," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 86(6), pages 1143-1158, December.
    2. Auerbach, Alan J, 1991. "Retrospective Capital Gains Taxation," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 81(1), pages 167-178, March.
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    capital gains tax; interest deductibility; accruals; realizations; Australian tax system;

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    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies

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