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NSW loses highest taxed State title to Western Australia

10 April, 2007

NSW has lost its highest taxed State in Australia title with ABS figures confirming Western Australia as the highest taxed State in Australia. Source: NSW Business Chamber.

Western Australia has state taxes of $3,015 per capita compared to $2,721 in NSW. The NSW taxation increase per capita was $74 or 2.8%.

“This is a terrific result for NSW. We have held the “highest taxed state” record for too long – and we are pleased to pass it over to Western Australia” said Kevin MacDonald CEO of NSW Business Chamber.

“The challenge for NSW, given the Budget deficit, is to rein in expenditure and not raise taxes.

“After the last State election, the NSW Government made major fiscal errors in introducing the vendor duty and the Clubs tax. Premier Iemma to his credit scrapped the vendor duty and re-calculated the Clubs tax.

“This is a good result for NSW. The only way to ensure we do not regain the “highest taxed” title is by expenditure restraint. The Budget will be a big test and Treasurer Costa must focus on cutting Government expenditure.

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