Australia announced its new annual budget this week, revealing rising prices. For Islamic finance it is important that Australia submits the final report that goes to the Board of Taxation. The Board will afterwards submit the report to the Treasurer. The aims is to help create 'a level playing field' for Islamic finance from a tax perspective.
Dr Ishaq Bhatti, director, Masters of Islamic Banking and Finance, La Trobe University, stated that the tax changes won't benefit the retail market. John Masters, director of ING Bank, as well as being one of the original architects of the government's approach to Islamic finance, agrees.