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EV owners are benefitting from the Commonwealth’s exemption from fringe benefits tax, cash subsidies from state governments, and discounts on stamp duty and registration fees

All roads lead to a tax shake up after EV ruling

The High Court’s decision banning Victoria’s electric vehicle tax has parallels to how the GST came about.

  • John Kehoe

This Month

See which super funds rate the worst for retirement

Regulators have criticised the super industry for largely ignoring a new obligation to help members prepare for retirement.

  • Hannah Wootton and Joanna Mather
Super fund CEOs Paul Schroder (AustralianSuper), Debby Blakey (HESTA), Deanne Stewart (Aware Super), Vicki Doyle (Rest Super), Bern Reilly (Australian Retirement Trust) and Peter Chun (UniSuper) are actively engaging with company boards, which they say will improve the value of their investments.

Super fund CEOs put ASX on notice over workplace conditions

Industry super funds are using their $3.5 trillion asset pool to influence companies on decent work conditions, secure contracts and banning sexual harassment.

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  • Hannah Wootton
The work on what tax policy changes need to be made in Australia has already largely been done – in 2010 by the Henry Review and in 2015 via Re-think.

Time to walk the tax reform talk

The High Court’s rejection of Victoria’s road tax and its threat to states’ revenue puts pressure on the federal government to step into the reform breach.

  • Michelle de Niese
Successfully claiming tax deductions without proper records is a high bar to reach.

Relying on bank statements for tax deductions? Think again

A Brisbane businessman learnt the hard way that bank and credit card statements are not sufficient records to prove $48,000 in tax deductions.

  • Ronald Mizen
Electric vehicle owner Chris Vanderstock has successfully taken the Victorian government to the High Court.

Buck for EV road charging stops with Labor

Taxing the transition to cleaner vehicles should be part of a bigger discussion about cleaning up the nation’s tax system.

  • The AFR View
Electric vehicle owner Chris Vanderstock has successfully taken the Victorian government to the High Court.

High Court’s EV decision threatens state taxes

Lawyers say the ramifications of the decision are ‘monstrous’ and could trigger a shake-up in federal-state relations.

  • Michael Pelly
The ATO case adds to increased spotlight on the big four following the PwC tax scandal.

Big four partner alleged to have promoted tax exploitation scheme

A former partner at a major accounting firm is facing significant fines for allegedly promoting tax avoidance schemes to seven clients.

  • Max Mason and Neil Chenoweth
Farmers may be forced to sell property if they have to pay tax on unrealised gains in the value of their farms.

SMSFs forced to sell to cover $3m super tax: study

Farmers and small business owners were particularly likely to be forced to sell assets to finance the tax, the study shows, with 13.5 per cent of affected SMSFs too illiquid to pay the tax without sales.

  • Hannah Wootton
Super funds’ industry body memberships and advertising spends will be scrutinised, such as their contributions to the well known industry super ‘compare the pair’ campaign.

What super funds spend on ads, donations, exec pay to be made public

APRA warned funds it wants to publish the data. It comes as, in the battle for members, funds launch bigger advertising campaigns and elite sport sponsorship.

  • Hannah Wootton

‘Everything should be on the table’ to ease tax burden on young

The BCA, CTA, Allegra Spender and Grattan have urged Labor to develop a tax reform agenda to stop younger workers shouldering an ever-increasing tax burden.

  • John Kehoe
Treasurer Jim Chalmers has introduced a flurry of superannuation law reforms.

Crackdown for employers dodging super stapling laws

The government is also moving ahead with its plan to introduce payday super amid a flurry of law reform for the retirement income sector.

  • Hannah Wootton
Don Russell.

How ‘nation building’ can deliver competitive super returns

AustralianSuper’s Don Russell cites infrastructure as an area where the $3.5 trillion sector has helped modernise Australia without compromising on returns.

  • Hannah Wootton
In Victoria, there are more than 50,000 people and their families waiting for public housing.

Affordable housing generates $45,000 benefit for each tenant: study

The upside of improved travel times, more leisure spending and better productivity from affordable housing schemes could provide a $64 billion boost to the economy, an EY study for Aware Super found.

  • Hannah Wootton
Stephen Jones: deeply immersed in the insurance industry.

Labor’s franking credit changes raise bigger questions

The government’s planned changes raise a legitimate question about the long-term future of dividend imputation.

  • John Kehoe
Maria Loyez is expecting the upcoming hot, dry summer to prompt another spike in demand for sustainable superannuation products.

How to turn your super portfolio green

Forty years after Australian Ethical opened its doors, the $3.5 trillion superannuation sector is scrambling to launch and grow similar ethically invested products. What is on the market and best for investors?

  • Hannah Wootton
Treasurer Jim Chalmers says the crack down on superannuation tax concessions will make the system more equitable.

‘Stubborn’ Labor offers no compromises on $3m super tax

Industry players also warned the tax will potentially hit more people than suggested, as draft laws released on Tuesday confirmed it would not be indexed.

  • Hannah Wootton


Debby Blakey’s HESTA votes with its feet when it comes to gender diversity and climate action.

HESTA demands energy company boards act on climate change

The industry super fund wants companies to accelerate commercialisation of hydrogen in Australia as it outlines its active engagement priorities.

  • Hannah Wootton
The pathway to net zero matters as well as the target: Nicole Bradford.

Super giant’s net-zero promise raises pressure on companies

Australian Retirement Trust’s Nicole Bradford says the $240 billion fund cannot turn on a dime to meet climate goals, as its promise to cut emissions by 43 per cent by 2030 adds pressure on the sector to adopt interim targets.

  • Hannah Wootton
Margaret Cole is scrutinising how super funds act in customers’ best financial interests.

Watchdog tightens screws on super funds’ spending

The watchdog has proposed reforms requiring that they better explain how every dollar spent is in members’ best financial interests and how they set fees.

  • Hannah Wootton