FEDERAL member for Page Kevin Hogan has welcomed the Australian Tax Office’s decision not to levy the GST on moveable homes.
“This is great news and a wonderful Christmas present for the hundreds of moveable home residents in Page,” Mr Hogan said.
“Just this morning I addressed moveable home residents at Casino Resort who were worried about the additional cost of living they would incur if this draft ruling stood.”
The ATO released a statement late today stating its draft ruling that moveable homes were not exempt from the Goods and Services Tax would be immediately withdrawn.
Mr Hogan had been vocal in his opposition to the proposal, writing to the ATO and assistant treasurer Arthur Sinodinos asking them to drop the idea.
He also attended a community meeting of about 250 people at a Ballina park earlier this week where he won widespread support for his opposition.
“The GST was never supposed to be applied to people’s homes and this would have affected people who were least able to afford it,” Mr Hogan said.
Mr Hogan stressed the proposal was never Government policy and had only arisen when the Tax Office was asked to examine the issue under the previous government.