Close Unfair Tax Loopholes: End cash refunds for franking credits

The complexity of the Australian tax system hides many loopholes, one of the most unfair is the fact that some of Australia’s wealthiest citizens pay negative tax. The tax office actually pays money to people who have paid no tax themselves, and these people are some of the wealthiest in the country. 

It's time this perverse tax loophole was closed.

Only by closing unfair tax loopholes can Australia implement progressive reforms like strengthening the social safety net, building social housing, investing in schools and universities, addressing climate change and improving health care.

 

We, the undersigned--

Call upon the Australian Parliament to guarantee that the tax system treats all Australians fairly and raises the revenue our community needs to fund vital services. Low income workers should not pay more tax than millionaires.

We call upon the Australian Parliament to abolish the practice of providing cash refunds for unused franking credits to people who pay zero tax, introduced by the Howard Government in 2000.

The policy mainly benefits the most wealthy of Australians and no other country does this. Currently, the Federal Government spends more on refunding franking credits than it does on funding public schools.

It's time to end this tax bonus for those who pay no tax.

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The Australia Institute research:

  1. Australia is a low taxing country
  2. Australia is the only country in the world to refund excess franking credits to people who do not pay tax (2015, 2018)
  • Amy Browning
    signed 2019-05-25 11:28:03 +1000
  • Steve Hirst
    signed 2019-05-25 10:25:05 +1000
  • Adam Garbutt
    signed 2019-05-25 10:16:53 +1000
  • Nola Kirkness
    signed 2019-05-25 09:08:10 +1000
    Nola Kirkness
  • Jacob Brocco
    signed 2019-05-25 06:13:24 +1000
  • Tanya Sorrell
    signed 2019-05-25 03:28:38 +1000
  • Cristina de Mello
    signed 2019-05-25 00:36:12 +1000
  • Ron Horgan
    signed 2019-05-25 00:05:03 +1000
    How can the poor be called parasites they have nothing the rich have more than they need but always take from the poor the rich are the true parasites.
  • Bradley Davies
    signed 2019-05-24 23:55:18 +1000
    End unfair tax loopholes
  • Kathryn Kelleu
    signed 2019-05-24 23:22:15 +1000
  • Margaret Wheadon
    signed 2019-05-24 21:26:59 +1000
  • Tracie-Lee Goss
    signed 2019-05-24 19:47:31 +1000
  • Peter Hall
    signed 2019-05-24 19:46:40 +1000
    Crush the rich.
  • Mike Gray
    signed 2019-05-24 18:42:49 +1000
  • Debra Lancaster
    signed 2019-05-24 18:29:28 +1000
  • Raylee Marston
    signed 2019-05-24 18:22:18 +1000
  • Michael Rowlands
    signed 2019-05-24 18:01:02 +1000
  • Rodney Kiehne
    signed 2019-05-24 17:34:07 +1000
    Stop the Howard handout.
  • Jon Harriman
    signed 2019-05-24 17:33:18 +1000
  • Pat Deleo
    signed 2019-05-24 16:30:35 +1000
    Pat Deleo
  • blake chant
    signed 2019-05-24 15:37:58 +1000
  • leigh milne
    signed 2019-05-24 15:34:46 +1000
  • Michael Nassar
    signed 2019-05-24 15:22:00 +1000
  • Nick Martin
    signed 2019-05-24 15:19:14 +1000
  • Tanya Fagg
    signed 2019-05-24 15:12:36 +1000
  • Jessica Blowers
    signed 2019-05-24 15:10:39 +1000
    Even the polling data showed that those who would benefit from the refunds of franking credits, could see the benefits of redistribution of that wealth. Charity doesn’t exist in Germany, because the govt uses the taxes it collects appropriately. You lot should try it some time!
  • john bisiker
    signed 2019-05-24 15:06:08 +1000
    Not a fare policy when us aged pensioners get “LESS” than these wealthy people get, no one deserves more or less than the aged pension.
  • Matthew Mulhall
    signed 2019-05-24 07:21:49 +1000
  • Anthony Bruzzese
    signed 2019-05-24 06:49:51 +1000
    Will Australia ever realise that a ongoing Bipartisan approach to tax reform and other parliamentary issues will improve Australia for all?
  • Adam Byrne
    signed 2019-05-24 06:33:39 +1000