The State Bank Tax is expected to again be put to a vote in State Parliament today, with the State Liberals calling on the Weatherill Government to end the game playing and dump the tax.
“Payroll tax relief must be provided to South Australian businesses and it’s absolutely disgraceful that Tom Koutsantonis is holding those businesses to ransom with his erroneous claim that payroll tax relief is dependent on the State Bank Tax passing,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“The State Liberals oppose the Bank Tax because it will not help create a single job, will not generate a single dollar of investment, and will ultimately be paid by South Australians.
“Let’s be very clear – the Weatherill Government can provide payroll tax relief to South Australian businesses without its new State Bank Tax.
“Any suggestion otherwise is complete nonsense.
“The Under Treasurer has confirmed to the Parliament that these payroll tax cuts can be made administratively, regardless of what happens with the Budget Measures Bill.
“It will be on Mr Koutsantonis’ head if South Australian businesses don’t receive payroll tax relief.
“South Australians are sick of this tricky Treasurer and his illogical arguments when it comes to the State Bank Tax.
“It’s time for Mr Koutsantonis to swallow his pride and dump the toxic State Bank Tax, for the good of the South Australian economy.
“South Australian businesses and households know that they would ultimately pay if this new State Bank Tax were to pass into law.
“That’s why the State Liberals are standing up for every South Australian and seeking to block the State Bank Tax.
“Today we reiterate our call for the Weatherill Government to provide payroll tax relief regardless of the outcome of the Bank Tax in Parliament.”