Petition to The Australian Government, The House of Representatives, Malcolm Turnbull
End Tax Exemption for the Catholic Church
For too long, large religious organisations such as the Catholic Church function more like corporations than not for profit. Even so, they have maintained their tax exempt status whilst individuals and small business have not. The Catholic Church is rumoured to have vast financial and real estate holdings and the Vatican Bank has been plagued with corruption and transparency issues for many years. In addition to not paying income tax, the Catholic Church in Australia is also exempt from GST, FBT, payroll tax, council rates, state government taxes, land tax, and local government taxes. The Catholic Church operates with no transparency or accountability, making it impossible for anyone to truly know the extent of their wealth. Ensuring they pay their share of income tax would be the first step in a long process towards changing the Australian culture of religious amnesty. A further step would be reducing or eliminating the government grants and other tax exemptions they currently receive even while they harbor and refuse to extradite Australian citizens who are being charged or investigated for pedophilia. Hard working citizens have always been opposed to multinational corporations taking advantage of tax loop-holes, let alone complete tax exemptions. Regardless of whether you are a person of faith or an atheist, end the tax exemptions for this secretive and illusive organisation and reduce it to religions that are new and need financial help.
Petition to Senator Matthew Canavan
Make global fossil fuel companies pay - update resource royalty laws and audit them now.
We know in this country we have a vast wealth of natural resources which have been extracted for decades by all the big multinational companies - Woodside, Shell, Chevron, BP and BHP Billiton to name a few. What you may not know is that our resource tax system which applies to these companies - the money Australia receives for our natural wealth of oil and gas - has been ignored and broken for so long by our government that multinational companies are exploiting it, claiming questionable losses (to avoid tax payments to us) in the hundreds of millions, meaning BILLIONS of lost revenue for our country every year. All because our government (on both sides) cannot be bothered to reclaim this revenue stream. Or perhaps they work more for the international fuel companies than for us? It has been estimated in the media that in the year 2021 Australia and the the nation of Qatar will both export 100bn cubic metres of liquefied natural gas. Australia is expected to receive $800m in taxation revenues for this but Qatar is expected to receive $26.6bn in royalties. Something is wrong here. We need to pay for health, education, infrastructure, developing new industries and jobs for the future. And we have the riches to do so, but the money is not being collected. Our government has no political will to claim this revenue and this, my fellow Australians, is why we can't have nice things. We need to be compensated properly as a community and country for our natural resources. We need a robust petroleum resource rent tax or royalty system, and companies audited fully and yearly by the Australian Government. We need someone in government with actual guts to do something about our economy and the billions lost in tax avoidance - not tinkering with piddling backpacker taxes or refusing another $5 for pensioners. Time to tell them to get off their backsides and do it.
Petition to email@example.com
Hon Scott Morrison: Fairer taxes for every Australian
Please help every Australian Family by signing this petition. It is a disgrace and a matter of shame that people with high salary are given more options to save on taxes. They Earn More but pay less tax than an average Australian worker by paying everything using Pre-Tax Dollars. This scheme of Fringe Benefit Tax is a "rip-off" and is making a working family pay for the rich people to maintain their lifestyle while a common Australian is "living within their means". This is because many high wage earners in Australia are allowed tax saving measures (SALARY PACKAGING) which an average family needs but they are not provided. This petition is asking the Australian Government to make mortgage and utility bills and education as a part of salary packaging for an ordinary Australian family giving them an opportunity to save on taxes. Remember - we all can claim tax deductions but only the high earners get the Salary Packaging option which significantly reduces their taxable income and an average family is paying for lifestyle expenses, mortgage, rent, private education, holidays of this section of society for a very long time.As much as we respect and need the healthcare system, this is a RIP-OFF for an average Australian working family - pls read this article - http://www.communitycouncil.com.au/node/226An example of this in the Healthcare industry for a salaried healthcare professional, Fringe Benefits/salary sacrifice options are being provided which is often up to 30% of their gross wage. (Source: http://www.imrmedical.com/australia-salaries-tax ) Note: FBT means (Fringe Benefits Tax) This benefits include: General living expenses,rent, meals and entertainment, holiday cruises and travel (even unrelated to professional development), venue hire (This Includes entire reception centre or function room for weddings, marquee, an entire boat for a social event, an entire corporate box)(Source: http://www.ozemedicine.com/wiki/doku.php?id=edadmin:salarypackaging-very Much of the information has since been removed from sources. However, the document from ozmedicine.com was downloaded and is available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org Private School Education (https://www.health.qld.gov.au/employment/conditions/salary/sacrifice/default.asp In this system they first “sacrifice” a percentage of salary and then claim it back tax free when they spend on items which can include things like household mortgage or rent, petrol expenses, household utility bills, computers, holiday travel, all the way up to eating out at restaurants. On showing the receipts for these items, they can receive the income to the value of these receipts free of tax. (Source: http://www.gapmedics.com.au/blog/2013/07/03/healthcare-salaries-in-australia/,http://www.imrmedical.com/australia-salaries-tax The following chart shows an idea of salary earned by a health care professional after the Fringe Benefit Tax: (Source: http://www.imrmedical.com/australia-salaries-tax THIS IS BEFORE OVERTIME, PENALTY RATES ETC Position Basic Salary Grossed up pay with salary packaging Registrar 75,000 – 110,000 100,000 – 160,000General Practitioner 150,000 – 350,000 195,000 – 515,000Consultant (Specialist) 150,000 – 350,000 195,000 – 515,000 While Four Corners exposed “Panama Papers” and tax havens, tax havens created by Fringe Benefit Tax is being overlooked for many individuals while their lifestyle is being funded by other middle class struggling Australians who are not provided many means to lower their taxes. This is essentially creating a class of “working poor” as the tax burden is being shared largely by average middle class while rich are getting away with it either by salary packaging options or overseas “tax havens”. As an ordinary working Australian family we are funding utility bills, mortgage, petrol bills, even holidays and children’s private school education fee for many professionals who already have a very high salary. We have funded the lifestyles of the rich for long; why not give working families a way to lower their taxes as they have funded “chosen class” lifestyles for years. Essential items such as mortgage, utility bills, education should be on the list of salary sacrifice extended to working families and they should also be given a fair system and an opportunity to get out of the “claustrophobic taxes”. All we need is “political will” and your signature to this petition.
Petition to Tim Cook
#iPhone7boycott - Make Apple pay its fair share in tax
WATCH: UC_007 The Guide to Legal Tax Evasion Apple is one of the richest companies in history, but it doesn't pay anything close to it's fair share of tax in the countries from which it generates enormous profits. While the tax evasion strategies that Apple uses are currently legal in most countries, they are far from ethical, and leave huge holes in national budgets. Since our governments prefer to cut basic services rather than pursue multinational tax evasion, it's up to ordinary citizens to use the last weapon at our disposal - purchasing power. Thousands of multinational corporations use the same strategies and should be held to account. But we have to start somewhere, and a highly visible consumer products company is the perfect place. So until Apple pays it's fair share in tax within each jurisdiction it operates from, and ceases to use strategies such as transfer pricing and debt loading (i.e. thin capitalisation), signatories to this petition commit to boycott Apple products - starting with the iPhone 7.