What a complete farce it is that the Liberal government is calling for people to work till a greater age so they can save some money. Perhaps it wouldn’t so farcical if what they did corresponded to what they said.
Take myself as an example. In 1987 the federal Labour government employed me. Howard’s Liberal government was elected in 1996. They sacked me in 1997. In 1999 the NSW Labour government employed me. The O’Farrell Liberal government was elected in 2011 and in 2013 they sacked me. 2 university degrees and more than 30 years work experience were not enough to keep me employed. I am now 58 years old and have not been able to find a job.
I was so surprised to hear Alan Jones on Q&A a few weeks ago point out that he had a marginal tax rate of 48per cent and if he put this money into super at a tax rate of 15per cent he would get a tax discount of 33per cent. He said the government could save a lot of money if rich people weren’t offered such an opportunity to avoid paying tax.
Like the GST the flat rate 15per cent super tax is extremely regressive. A person on an income of less than $37000pa has a marginal tax rate of 19 per cent. Their superannuation tax discount is only 4per cent.
If super were taxed at 15 per cent less than the recipient’s marginal tax rate Alan Jones and his rich mates would pay 33per cent on their super and low-income people would pay only 4 per cent. There would be no change for middle-income people whose marginal tax rate is 30 per cent.
Michael Trevaskis, Alstonville