The shopping centre industry is a major contributor to federal, state and local government revenues. The SCCA’s objective is to ensure taxation policies, at all levels of government, which boost economic development and productivity and which ensure a fair distribution of the burden of taxation.
Increasingly state and local governments are relying on commercial property as a major source of revenue, particularly through land tax and council rates. Local councils are also actively discriminating against shopping centres through ‘minimum rating’ measures, which have no relation to land value, and ‘differential rating’ measures, whereby shopping centres pay higher rates, even though these centres often directly fund many of the services local governments usually provide. Land tax and rate increases are very damaging to the local retail economy since much of the burden is borne, either directly or indirectly, by the retailers who comprise the shopping centre. SCCA advocates for sensible land valuation methodologies and a fairer distribution of the taxation burden.
- Submission to Transport for NSW regarding Parking Levy Review, 2 December 2016
- Submission to IPART re Local Government Rating System, 14 October 2016
- Submission to IPART Rate Review, May 2016
- Shopping Centre Council of Australia and Australian Retailers Association Joint Submission to state Treasurers – Retail Sector Tax Policy Position, April 2016
- Submission to Parliamentary Committee on value-capture, 12 February 2016
- Submission to Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects re Value Capture, 1 February 2016
- Joint submission Shopping Centre Council of Australia and Australian Retailers Association to Treasury on Netflix Tax, 20 October 2015
- Joint submission Shopping Centre Council of Australia and Australian Retailers Association – Tax Integrity Exposure Draft Bill, 7 July 2015
- Joint submission Shopping Centre Council of Australia and Australian Retailers Association Re: Think Tax Discussion Paper, 1 June 2015
- Submission to the SA Government on SA Tax Review, 22 April 2015
- Submission to Federal Treasury and Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation on ‘Review of Terrorism Insurance Act’, 14 November 2014
- Submission to the NSW Joint Standing Committee on the Office of Valuer-General re Inquiry into the Land Valuation System, 8 March 2013
- Submission to the South Australian Economic and Finance Committee on Taxation Review, 31 January 2013