Who really uses negative gearing?

Negative gearing really can’t stay out of the media can it?

There’s always someone or some organisation lobbying for its removal.

One of the arguments usually used is that negative gearing is a tax rort for greedy, rich property investors at the expense of the average “Aussie Battler”

Well recent government analysis shows this is wrong

The Australian reports Government analysis shows that:


  • 22.6 per cent of police use negative gearing, a bigger proportion than the 17.3 per cent of tax accountants, 16.7 per cent of management consultants and 11.9 per cent of university lecturers.
  • 19.2 per cent of ambulance officers and paramedics use negative gearing compared with 17.4 per cent of financial advisers and 15.6 per cent of economists.
  • 18.9 per cent of train and tram drivers use negative gearing compared with 17.2 per cent of solicitors and 18.6 per cent of real estate agents.

Now that’s interesting isn’t it?

Treasurer Joe Hockey commented in The Weekend Australian:

Negative gearing is a way for people on medium incomes to get into the property market,”

 “Many hard-working Australians have invested money in real estate … to give themselves some financial security.”

Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison says negative gearing is a well-established, long-standing part of Australia’s tax system and the people who use it most are everyday Australians looking to get ahead. 

Morrison explains:

“This isn’t some tax lurk for the wealthy, it is a legitimate and effective part of our taxation system that is used most by people earning under $80,000 per annum who become property investors through their own hard work,”

“Any changes to negative gearing would hit middle Australia hardest and would take away one of the best ways most people have to save for their retirement.”

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Kate Forbes


Kate Forbes is a National Director Property Strategy at Metropole. She has 15 years of investment experience in financial markets in two continents, is qualified in multiple disciplines and is also a chartered financial analyst (CFA).
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'Who really uses negative gearing?' have 1 comment


    August 7, 2015 Jeff Gregg

    Couldn’t this perceived problem be solved by just placing a cap, preferably indexed, to the amount of losses that can be treated as tax deductible?


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