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InDaily : September 14th 2011
PARTNERS ADELAIDE’S DAILY INDEPENDENT NEWS CLICK ON THE PAGE TO ZOOM WEDNESDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2011 MOST EXPENSIVE STATE TAXES SA business costs ‘distant last’ in nation KEVIN NAUGHTON RUNNING a business in South Australia is far more expensive than in any other mainland state, a new report shows. The Pitcher Partners State Tax Review 2011/2012 shows that even moderately sized businesses in SA can expect to pay much higher aggregate state taxes and charges. In analysing the first full-year of taxes for two theoretical companies setting up in five states, “South Australia was a distant last,” the accounting firm’s report found. It included charges for WorkerCover levies, payroll tax, land tax and stamp duties. In the first scenario, the cost to business in SA was $182,000 compared to $135,000 in Queensland, $144,000 in WA, $159,000 in NSW and $166,000 in Victoria. In the second scenario SA trailed the other states by as much as $227,000 a year. Pitcher Partners’ Adelaide-based senior partner Richard Brooks said the numbers showed that SA had a competitive disadvantage in attracting or keeping businesses. “Given our lower wages and what should be lower property costs, we should have quite a clear advantage, but we... Read more Professor Ravi Naidu ‘There is logic in the idea that the ability to create and decipher phonetic abbreviations requires and nurtures certain literary skills’ Suzie Keen, on the idea that texting can help reading, writing and spelling View page MELISSA MACK The South Australian Government is not spending enough on remediation and prevention of contaminated land, scientists say. Speaking at CleanUp 2011 at the Adelaide Hilton Hotel yesterday, UniSA environmental scientist Ravi Naidu said SA was lagging behind other states in its remediation of contaminated sites. “If we step back 20 years there are very few people that accepted we had contaminated sites,” Professor Naidu said. “If you look at the resources we had 20 years ago and what we had now I would have liked to have seen an exponential increase in resources but that hasn’t happened. “Clearly there is room for more investment in this area; for more Environment Protection Authorities to do a lot better.” Naidu said with greater government funding SA could improve its remediation and communication regarding contaminated sites. “More funding would mean there... Read more SA lagging in e-waste site cleanups SPONSOR OF THE DAY GO TO OUR PAGE NOW Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter CONTACT INDAILY Click to email Responsibility for all comment is taken by the Editor, Des Ryan, Suite 4, Cinema Place, Adelaide. SA 5000. Sales Manager Online Producer Editor INSIDE TODAY Any insider information? HOME PAGE NEWS NATION | WORLD BUSINESS SPORT VIEWS REVIEWS TODAY’S JOBS ISPY PROPERTY WEATHER
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