ATTA Doctoral Series: Volume 8

The Implications of Capital Gains Tax Rate Preferences


John Minas


Oxford University Press


The Implications of Capital Gains Tax Rate Preferences explores key aspects of one of the more controversial questions in tax policy – what is the appropriate way to tax capital gains? In asking this question, it examines whether the 50% Capital Gains Tax (CGT) discount for personal taxpayers in Australia has been successful in achieving its original objective of revenue neutrality.

This text presents policy options and recommendations that are informed by in-depth interviews with CGT experts in Australia, Canada, and the United States, and by a quantitative study estimating the capital gains realisations response for personal taxpayers in Australia. Primarily, it proposes that the CGT regime for personal taxpayers in Australia would be improved by taxing net capital gains at normal marginal tax rates, and by the introduction of an annual exempt amount for net capital gains.

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Do Tax Rate Changes Have an Impact on Capital Gains Realisations? Evidence from Australia, by John Minas, Youngdeok Lim and Chris Evans (25 March 2019)

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