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David Bradbury

Assistant Treasurer, Minister Assisting for Financial Services & Superannuation and Minister for Competition Policy & Consumer Affairs

5 March 2012 - 18 September 2013

Media Release of 29/05/2013


Tax amendments to boost infrastructure incentives

Tax incentives for infrastructure projects are among a range of tax measures introduced today into the Parliament.

These measures will maintain the value of eligible infrastructure project losses over time and exempts losses and bad debts from the utilisation tests.

A major disincentive to private investment in nationally significant projects is long lead times between incurring deductible expenditure in the construction phase through to earning income in the operational phase.

The measure will increase investment in nationally significant infrastructure and make a positive impact our economy.

Other measures introduced in the Tax Laws Amendment (2013 Measures no. 2) Bill 2013 include:

  • exemption from income tax payments made to individuals under the Defence Abuse Reparation Scheme
  • removal of the 50 per cent CGT discount for foreign resident and temporary resident individuals on taxable Australian property, such as real estate and mining assets.
  • the specific listing of five new organisations as DGRs: United Way Australia, Australian Neighbourhood Houses & Centres Association (ANHCA), the Australia Foundation in support of Human Rights Watch Limited, Layne Beachley – Aim for the Stars Foundation Limited, Aurora Education Foundation Limited, and the indefinite extension of the specific listing as DGRs for two organisations: Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation and Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust.

The measures will be debated in coming weeks.

29 May 2013