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How Labors tax hike will slug Gippsland farmers, families and businesses

Victorians pay the highest land taxes in Australia, but still the government is hiking them up even further.

By news@gippsland - 1st July 2021 - Back to News

New and increased taxes and charges will slug all regional Victorians more from today, despite four lockdowns pushing farmers, families and small business to the brink of ruin. Nearly 40 taxes and charges have risen or been introduced since Labor was elected in 2014, including increases to stamp duty on property, the Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL) and a 10 per cent jump in the cost of fines.

A windfall tax is a surtax imposed by governments on businesses or economic sectors that have benefited from economic expansion

A windfall tax is a surtax imposed by governments on businesses or economic sectors that have benefited from economic expansion

Massive tax hike

From next year, a new windfall gains tax is expected to smash the regional property market by imposing a massive tax hike on new developments with a flow on effect that could price first home builders out of the market entirely. Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan was in Shepparton today to call out the tax grab, which comes as families, jobs and businesses are still recovering from lockdown and the uncertainty of COVID restrictions.

More taxes to Victorians

Ms Ryan said, "Its not the right time to dip into the back pocket of local families, farmers and young first home buyers but thats exactly where these tax increases will be felt."

"Four lockdowns and 18 months of pandemic has seen too many people lose their job or close their business, but instead of giving them a hand up, Labors handing them a ballooning tax bill. Victoria was already the highest taxing state in the nation and from today, well be slugged even more."

Encouraging the Victorians

The 10 per cent increase to Victorian Government penalty units will see fines for exceeding the speed limit by less than 10kmh rise from $207 to $227. The $20,000 First Home Owner Grant was also axed as of June 30. "We should be making it easier not harder for young people to get into the housing market, COVID restrictions have seen an exodus of people out of our capital cities," Ms Ryan said.

"Regional communities are in prime position to benefit, but we need to make sure the right settings are in place to encourage people to choose to make country Victoria home. The Liberal Nationals plan to fast-track 50,000 new house lots to market will mean more people can build their dream first home and will free up rental properties. By contrast, Dan has no plan for Victorian families or small businesses except for taxing them more."

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