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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 6 Hansard (9 June) . .

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anonymous. The remaining 35 complaints were submitted by 26 complainants, with one complainant making 10 complaints and the rest making one complaint each.

Taxation—land tax (Question No 748)

Mr Coe asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 5 May 2016 (redirected to the Treasurer):

(1) Does the Taxation Administration (Notice of tax in arrears) Declaration 2016 (No 3) implement a new approach to the collection of arrears of land tax and/or rates; if so, can the approach previously taken be outlined and why a new approach was adopted.

(2) What advice is provided to leaseholders if they are in arrears of the payment of land tax and/or rates.

(3) What is the total amount owing for land tax and rates for the financial years (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 to date.

(4) How many court orders have been made for the sale of all or part of the parcel of land for the arrears of land tax and rates in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 to date.

(5) What revenue has been received from the sale of the land referred to in part (4) in (a) 2014-15 and (b) 2015-16 to date.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The ACT Revenue Office commenced a program using the Sale of Land Debt Recovery provisions of the Taxation Administration Act 1999 in January 2014. Declaration 2016 (No 3) is the 12th such notice in the program. The program targets investment properties with substantial long-term rates and land tax arrears where the ACT Revenue Office has been unsuccessful in recovering the liability through ordinary debt recovery processes. To date, this program has targeted 265 investment properties with outstanding liabilities of $3.189million.

(2) Consistent with the legislated process following standard arrears notices issued (on a quarterly basis), leaseholders identified under the Sale of Land Debt Recovery Program are subsequently issued with two Letters of Demand from the ACT Revenue Office before the matter is escalated to the ACT Government Solicitor. The ACT Government Solicitor also issues its own Letter of Demand to leaseholders.

(3) The total amount of land tax and rates in arrears was (a) $35.9 million at 30 June 2015 and (b) $42.7 million at 30 April 2016.

(4) No court orders have been made for a sale of land under the program.

(5) To date the program has recovered $2.864million from taxpayers paying arrears before court action has been finalised.

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