On 9 May 2016, the Prime Minister made his way to the Governor General again and requested a double dissolution election to be held on 2 July 2016.
This means the 44th Parliament is now dissolved and any outstanding Bills and all other business before the House of Representatives and Senate, including committee inquiries, lapses.
Already there were two tax Bills that lapsed in the Parliament that was prorogued on 17 April 2016. These are the Bills dealing with the Commissioner’s statutory remedial power (2016 No.2 Bill) and reducing the tax offset rates available under the research and development tax incentive for the first $100 million of eligible expenditure by 1.5 percent (2015 No.3).
So far, tax has been a key battleground for the major parties going into this election. Let’s look at the key tax issues:
The Government is now in caretaker mode and this means it cannot make major decisions without consulting the Opposition. However, it is fair to say we wouldn’t be expecting to see any major changes released by the Government or Treasury during this caretaker period.
Perhaps this period leading up the election will be a good time to catch up with some outstanding tax reading.