Your views: on a new vision for old shopping centres, and tax

Today, readers comment on a call for housing on prime metropolitan sites, tax debts and tax cuts.

Jan 19, 2024, updated Jan 31, 2024

Commenting on the story: Call to transform old shopping centres into housing

With respect to the surrounding communities, this proposal has a lot of potential.

I live near Murray Bridge and there are existing shopping complexes that are actually closed in Murray Bridge. They have toilets and parking and would also lend them being converted for low cost or emergency accommodation. – Barry Wilson

Commenting on the story: Adelaide firm’s collapse sparks tax debt warning

The two organisations I tell my clients to be on good terms with are the ATO and Google – never be too clever. With both organisations, any funny business and you’ll be gone – not found on Google or in liquidation.

Shame the ATO can’t get hard ball with those companies in Australia that don’t pay their fair share of tax to help our national infrastructure. – Philip Hopkins

Commenting on the opinion piece: Stage-three tax cuts and more rate hikes

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Whilst I don’t agree with the stage three tax cuts for a variety of reasons, the current federal government has to go ahead with them, as nothing would make the opposition happier than to ‘pull them’. I can see headlines screaming about ‘broken promises’ in the biggest print.

And although they do benefit those have higher incomes, many particularly on the eastern seaboard with much higher costs of homes and mortgages to pay are, although on good incomes, are no doubt feeling the pinch.

The trick here is to assist those on the lowest incomes and ensure those on the highest incomes do pay more tax, all without adding to the inflationary spiral. I’m sure that the Treasurer can come up with some slow and sure ways of doing this.

We have already seen some inroads into the areas of super, with those with more than adequate balances ($3 million) being made to pay higher rates of tax. And yes, there was a short outcry. But since only a tiny percentage are in this position it was quickly forgotten. – Helen Chadwick

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