Concerning changes to DGR tax arrangements, it is our view that reform should respect the diversity of our sector whilst simultaneously eliminating unnecessary administrative, reporting, acquittal and compliance processes and associated costs. We welcome many of the proposals outlined in the Discussion Paper aimed at streamlining the governance of DGRs and eliminating complexity of the DGR application process.
The tax system provides a mechanism through which the Government can contribute to improving the economic participation and wellbeing of all Australians, and ensure the resources available are deployed to meet the needs and improve the life chances and opportunities of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our communities. Working in partnership with the community, government assistance should be carefully targeted at providing ongoing and genuine support for those that experience hardship, deprivation and exclusion. Taxation policy settings should maximise the capacity of not-for-profit social services to fulfil their role of providing ongoing and genuine support, and leveraging non-government sources of funding and activity.
UnitingCare Australia has called on the Federal Government to reconsider limiting tax concessions for superannuation contributions for the richest Australians in order to fund other public policy priorities.
As the community considers its contribution to the Government’s Commission of Audit, and as the Government considers its legislative and policy agenda, it’s important to take the time to think about what we cherish, Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia, said.
“Our economy is strong compared to the rest of the world. We can afford to restore our tax to GDP ratio to fund the things that matter. Providing health, education and social services will require collecting more tax. Lifting tax as a share of GDP to at least the 23.7% level of 2007, up from levels around 20% in 2010-11, would enable us to pay for what we value,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said.
The findings of today’s ANUpoll on public priorities for Government spending are welcome, and are particularly timely in the lead up to the May budget, UnitingCare Australia National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds says.
“Australians want to see increased Government spending on social services, the ANUpoll shows. And we’re prepared to put our money where our mouth is. People don’t want tax cuts at the expense of social services,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said.
Strengthening the revenue base is a vital step in ensuring Australia has the capacity to fund the services and improved living standards the community wants and expects, UnitingCare National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said today.
“We are a fair and decent society. We can align economic growth, fiscal discipline and equitable public policy. We can operate above day-to-day politics and think strategically, for the common good,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said.
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said that this year’s Federal Budget falls short of its own ambition to provide equality of opportunity for all Australians.
"The burden of this budget falls overwhelmingly on families, pensioners and young people.
“Tax levels should be part of any discussion about getting Australia’s budget into healthier shape”, said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.
“Both income and spending need to be considered when it comes to getting Australia’s national accounts into the black. While the focus of public discussions of the past few months has been on government spending, consideration also needs to go towards raising enough through taxation to ensure we can fund the things that matter”, said Ms Hatfield Dodds.
UnitingCare Australia welcomes the ALP’s announcement today of policy to ensure that companies operating in multiple countries pay appropriate tax in Australia.
“It is well known that some large companies invest significant effort in minimising the tax they pay, including through the use of tax havens. This is unfair to the majority of Australians, who miss out on government funded services because of these arrangements”, said National Director of UnitingCare Australia, Lin Hatfield Dodds.