Well what you are suggesting works if you believe that the ATO should be an instrument for social engineering. In fact the concept of a carbon tax in Australia is pointless instrument of hypocrisy. It will be very disruptive, and achieve very little except employ more bureaucrats.bga wrote: An alternative to the proposed producer levy would be a consumption based scheme, similar to VAT or the GST. Perhaps, we can call it the CAT for carbon added tax?
Carbon Taxes are doomed to failure. Such taxes will prove both unpopular and ineffective. Demonising various industries simply because they produce philosophically undesirable, but essential, products, are unhelpful. It would be better to issue a bonds scheme to provide incentive funding to develop environmental offsets and provide infrastructure and R&D for future technologies.
More effective , and no wastage on bureaucracy
Perhaps I wasn't very clear, You are quite right, the LCT does have a higher threshold for 'fuel efficient' vehicles. I was including all the different import costs into the 2.5 example. The amount of the tax is proportionate to the excess over the threshold.Looking at the ATO, there is already a classification for fuel efficient vehicles, which have an LCT threshold of $75,375 instead of the usual $56,000
This page: Australian Customs has some info on the importing requirements. None of it looks too daunting.
Yes, you are quite right, but like most govt. regs, the devil is in the practise!
The more complicated the laws, especially taxation laws, the more the citizen is obliged to disobey. (Edmund Bourke)