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Australians Warm toward GST Rate Increase


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Australians are warming toward the idea of a Goods & Services Tax (GST) rate increase. The current rate is 10%.

Increasing the GST has been on and off the table for years. Dr. Ken Henry, who served as Secretary of the Treasury from 2001-2011, has repeatedly said that a GST hike is needed to “help broaden and stabilise the tax base.”  In March 2014, the idea resurfaced in response to budget cuts in health and education. Yet the public has not supported the idea.

Now, according to a Fairfax Ipsos poll, 37% of 1,404 respondents are in favor of a GST rate increase, and 59% are opposed to it. This is a 7-point swing since May 2014.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.