The Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) has issued its pre-Budget 2018/19 submission to Government with key recommendations around holistic tax reform; state-backed loan guarantee schemes; publicly supported venture capital funding; investment in innovation; and legislating payment times to benefit small business.

“The IPA continues to put the case forward for major tax reform which has been a pill too hard to swallow for the major political parties,” said IPA chief executive officer, Andrew Conway.

“We are calling on the Government to deliver the much promised and almost forgotten tax reform white paper to take a long term view and encourage genuine public debate on tax reform.

“One of the main considerations is a rebalancing of the tax mix.

“We are also asking the Government to introduce a state-backed loan guarantee scheme to help increase the availability of much-needed affordable loan finance to the small business sector. 

“In addition, we are recommending that the Government introduce a publicly supported venture capital (VC) fund in order to encourage the private sector to follow the Government’s lead in boosting the entrepreneurial culture. 

“We also believe that the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda can be furthered by encouraging innovation policy to support innovative small to medium enterprises in Australia,” said Mr Conway.

Further information on the IPA’s recommendations can be found at http://bit.ly/2BU30Jm