Labor's negative gearing and CGT changes

Labor's negative gearing and CGT changes

Labor's negative gearing and CGT changes will start 1 Jan 2020

In an address to the Financial Services Council BT Political Series, Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen has announced that Labor's reforms to negative gearing and the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) discount would commence from 1st January 2020. "This of course means that any investment undertaken prior to 1st January 2020 will be fully protected by our grandfathering arrangements. That is, all investments made before the 1st January 2020 will continue to enjoy the current negative gearing and capital gains tax concession arrangements. This gives investors adequate time to plan and invest this year before the new rules come into force."

Mr Bowen said the negative gearing changes "will buttress some of this weakness by targeting tax concessions at new residential construction". He said a 1st January 2020 start date allows for around 7 months, being a sufficient amount of time to get the legislation in place before the changes are due to come into effect. He said Labor announced its reforms to negative gearing over 3 years ago and has "withstood the shrill scare campaigns and the apocalyptic warnings".

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