One boutique adviser has speculated that any recommendations stemming from the upcoming tax white paper are unlikely to be enacted until after the next election.
With leadership tensions rife within the federal government, Bluepoint Consulting principal Tony Bates told ifa sister title SMSF Adviser that while the Coalition government will eventually want to adopt some of the recommendations of the tax white paper as policy, “legislation is still a way off”.
“I think it would be politically challenging for the government, given the current political climate for the Coalition,” said Mr Bates. “I think they’d be pretty brave to take it on prior to an election.”
Aside from examining and changing the franking credit regime, which Mr Bates said is currently very generous, the tax white paper will likely also look to even up taxes between the pension phase and accumulation phase.
“They’ve said they’re looking at the relative rate of tax between the pension phase and the accumulation phase and they’ve been quite clear they want to even that up,” said Mr Bates.
“The way I’d interpret that is there’ll be taxes on pensions whereas at the moment a super fund in pension mode is tax exempt so I see that changing and likely to be policy.”
SUBSCRIBE TO THE IFA DAILY BULLETIN
- 16 Mar 2018CBA CEO pushed for FOFA extensionBy James Mitchell and Aleks Vickovich
- 16 Mar 2018CPA dealer group clashes with FASEA requirementsBy Katarina Taurian
- 16 Mar 2018NAB launches virtual assistant for superBy Staff Reporter
- 15 Mar 2018IFA-focused platforms open to new strategiesBy Staff Reporter
- 15 Mar 2018Deakin eyes advisers to fill staff demandBy Killian Plastow
- 15 Mar 2018Adviser Innovation Summit 2018 agenda announcedBy Staff Reporter
- view all