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The Tenants’ Union of Queensland (TUQ) strongly supports the position put today by the Queensland Premier opposing the application of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to site rents in manufactured home parks.
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is currently calling for submissions on its interim ruling regarding GST and site rents. The TUQ, through its Caravan and Manufactured Homes work, is preparing on a submission opposing the move and highlighting the negative impacts the ruling would have on Queensland manufactured home residents.
TUQ also encourages manufactured home owners to make submissions to the ATO about the draft ruling. Submissions close on the 20th of December, 2013.
Manufactured home owners are predominantly retirees aged 65 and over living on fixed incomes. Requiring them to pay GST on the site rents of their homes is a significant impost.
In his media release today Premier Newman said, “This draft plan earmarked by the ATO is quite frankly unfair and the Queensland Government is calling on Joe Hockey to reject the plan immediately to give these people certainty.” The TUQ couldn’t agree with the Premier more.
We’ll post our submission on this site when it’s done.
Draft ATO ruling.
The Premier’s Media Statement
Listen to Penny Carr speaking to Belinda Sanders at ABC Local Radio Southern Qld.
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Correction: when Penny said there 57 hours of advocacy in the last full year of funding, she meant to say 57,000 hours.
Also, the $250M which the government has lost in revenue by reintroducing stamp duty concessions for repeat home purchasers is an annual figure and not just a one off amount.