Attendees at TaxEd’s FBT seminars have been particularly interested in Productivity Commission’s findings and recommendations relating to the Zone Tax Offset, Fringe Benefits Tax Remote Area Concessions and the Remote Area Allowance.
In a media release, which was also issued on 26 February 2020, the Minister for Housing and Assistant Treasurer, Michael Sukkar, has advised that the Government will not be implementing the Productivity Commission’s recommendations. He said:
‘In its final study, the Productivity Commission has made a number of findings and recommendations relating to the Zone Tax Offset, Fringe Benefits Tax Remote Area Concessions and the Remote Area Allowance. The findings in their final study are consistent with those in their draft report released in September 2019.
Were they to be implemented, the Productivity Commission’s recommendations would result in significant disruption to existing arrangements. This was confirmed by the volume of submissions which the Productivity Commission received in response to its draft report, the overwhelming majority of which were not supportive of the proposed changes.
Given the challenges faced by regional Australia, including as a result of the impacts of the recent drought, bushfires and now Coronavirus, the Government will not be acting on the Productivity Commission’s recommendations.’
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