Securitisation can hold the key
In this ACFS Financial Policy Brief, Professor Kevin Davis provides a simple solution for State Governments to transition away from reliance on stamp duties towards property taxes – as advocated by the Productivity Commission. It involves abolishing stamp duty and applying property taxes only to those properties on which the last sale did not incur stamp duty, which avoids “double taxation” of home-owners. Securitising future property tax receipts enables the government to avoid the adverse cash flow effect of loss of stamp duty revenue. The securities so created are long term, suitable for superannuation funds and the design of retirement income products, and could (depending on design) provide indirect exposure to the asset class of residential property – facilitating enhanced diversification of investment portfolios.
This FPB was prepared by Professor Kevin Davis, Research Director at the Australian Centre for Financial Studies.
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