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Australian Senate Committee Report Backs Backpacker Tax

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Australian Senate's Economics Legislation Committee has said it is satisfied that the 19 percent "backpacker tax" rate proposed by the Government represents a "good compromise" from the original plan for a 32.5 percent rate for working holiday makers. Read Full Story


Australian Labor Party Proposes Lower Backpacker Tax Rate

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Australian Labor Party has said that it will move amendments in the Senate to lower the proposed backpacker tax from 19 percent to 10.5 percent and oppose the planned increase to the Passenger Movement Charge. Read Full Story


Australian Backpacker Tax 'To Raise More Than Expected'

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Australian Treasury has underestimated the revenue the Government will receive from the so-called "backpacker tax," according to Australian Chamber – Tourism. Read Full Story


Australian Tourism Industry Condemns 'Holiday Tax'

by Mary Swire,, Hong Kong

Friday, September 30, 2016

Industry association Tourism and Transport Forum Australia has condemned the Government's decision to increase the Passenger Movement Charge as a "blatant cash grab." Read Full Story


Scottish Councils Seek Tax-Raising Powers

by Jason Gorringe,, London

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Four Scottish councils are seeking additional powers to levy their own taxes. Read Full Story


Scotland Sets Out Tax Policy Direction

by Robert Lee,, London

Friday, September 9, 2016

Scotland's SNP administration has published its Programme for Government for 2016-17, which sets out proposals for reforms to income tax, air passenger duty, and council tax. Read Full Story


Ryanair To Invest In Italy After Tax U-Turn

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Budget airline Ryanair has announced that it will invest USD1bn in its operations in Italy after the Italian Government agreed not to impose a previously agreed increase to airport taxes. Read Full Story


Italy Poised To Cut Taxes, Says Renzi

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

Monday, August 22, 2016

On August 18, Italian Premier Matteo Renzi said his Government will continue to make further tax reductions next year. Read Full Story


Think Tank Calls For Scottish APD To Be Scrapped

by Robert Lee,, London

Friday, August 19, 2016

Think tank Reform Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to bring forward its planned reductions to the Air Passenger Duty, with a long-term aim of scrapping the tax altogether. Read Full Story


US Congress Approves Short-Term Airport Tax Extensions

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

Friday, July 15, 2016

Both the US House of Representatives and Senate have passed a bipartisan bill to extend the revenue provisions supporting the Airport and Airway Trust Fund until end-September 2017. Read Full Story



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