"I’ve claimed losses, I’ve paid capital gains tax, I’ve put profits back into the economy and I’ve saved money to live off while our children are small."
Negatively geared property investors' contributions far exceed their tax breaks
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OK, Philip Soos, I’ll bite.
Your article earlier this week on negative gearing has really ticked me off – and you can’t call me ‘the property lobby’ because I’m primarily a stay-at-home mum and a part-time journalist who used to run around after politicians for a living on the telly.
I’m a property investor too – thank goodness – but I should warn you that negative gearing on property investments all through my 20s certainly paved the way for me to spend the last seven or so years at home, raising two new little taxpayers. You’re right, what a dreadful policy, only benefiting “the rich”.
Who are these “rich” people?! Let’s find them and burn their houses down! They’re certainly the bad guys in your article, Mr Soos.
I could go on and on about the benefits of private investment in the property industry, despite your determination not to understand them. Try to think of it, if you would, as the original public-private partnership. Governments always have and always will need private citizens to invest in property, therefore providing a bigger rental pool for other private citizens. I hate to be all anti-progress about it, but there just isn’t a better way of doing it for a lazy $3 billion a year.
For this very large effort and ongoing commitment by the investors, there needs to be some sort of reward. People everywhere are great, but generally speaking in a business sense, people don’t do things for others for free.
The point of my response is not to get bogged down in policy debate. What I can tell you is what’s happening on the ground. Negative-gearing property investors are people, too. We’re workers, we’re mums and dads, we’re small business owners, and we’re taxpayers. We’re putting in the hard yards on the ground in the rental industry, and we’ve been doing it for years. Years and years.
I’ve renovated for profit every night and weekend for months, I’ve responded to tenant disasters in the middle of the night, I’ve picked up the pieces when good tenants go bad, I’ve experienced the best and worst of human nature as a self-managing lessor.
I’ve claimed losses, I’ve paid capital gains tax, I’ve put profits back into the economy and I’ve saved money to live off while our children are small. I’m also unlikely to need a pension in retirement – here’s hoping, anyway.