Overtime tax Q&A
- Current system is sufficient
- No way. Current system is more adept at discouraging whole groups
of people from seeking of emplyment than anything else. Older people,
with lifetime of experience and will to work are prime example.
Retraining of unemployed is hardly better than whitewash - at best,
it replaces one group of workers with another "retrained"
group. Only jobs it can realistically create are teaching positions
at courses - pretty pathetic. What else is being done?
- Overtime tax cannot work, because while there is surplus of workers
in some trades there is insufficient suply in others.
to ignore it would involve tax fraud, a rather serious thing
many workers hate overtimes but find it difficult to refuse. If tax
fraud is involved, it is much easier to say No.
large number of people will know - staff, their relatives, neighbours,
even competitors. Lots of people with good reason to "dob in"
If unemployment is low, employee doesn't have to participate in tax
fraud cover-up to keep a job.
Significant percentage of unemployed can start immediately if overtime
is cut down. Another group can be easily retrained to slightly different
trade by companies themselves. If requirements are special, industry will
create its own retraining system very fast. And if there are a few jobs,
with special expertise - well, we are not proposing to ban overtime...
it will just become a bit more costly.
- Overtime tax will be impossible to enforce
- It may be difficult, especially in small companies. But:
Overtime tax will force large transfers of people between regions and
- To some degree it is inevitable. To some degree industries will move
where workforce is. To some degree it can be adjusted by adjusting coefficients
on regional basis, regions can be set up on basis of economy eg Riverina,
Gippsland, Melbourne, That's how it should be, don't you think?
- Overtime tax will create lack of workforce and that would stifle industrial
- You think so? Lack of workforce - that would be terrific success! But
do not worry. OT will be calculated on the basis of a specific formula
with coefficients updated regularly in the same way as interest rates and
other financial incentives. Correct coefficients will have to be set up
by Ministry after negotiation with all involved groups - employers, unions,
social security etc. System will not aim for zero unemployment, it will
aim for very low but realistic percentage.
It is desirable for Overtime tax to be equal to remaining unemployment
benefits. Unfortunately, this approach is not achievable on its own and
further conditions have to be used.
Overtime tax should push unemployment to prenegotiated level (e.g.
Regular research should prove, that most (90%) people who wish to participate
in workforce can get position within reasonable time (3 months).
- How would you calculate Overtime tax ?
- There are a few possible targets, which can be used:
There are two values which will have to be set-up under Overtime tax
regime. One is standard working hours, eg 7,5 per day, the second is rate
of Tax itself in % of hourly wages paid to the worker concerned during
his normal working hours, minimum being 150% of minimal wages existing
within the industry.
- How would Overtime tax be paid?
- Tax will be paid by employer and employee will be notified directly
by ATO that tax was paid, with all details (hours, rates used etc).
No. These industries will have to be exempted.
- Overtime tax will not work in farms or small family businesses
- How would Overtime tax affect general economic and social situation?
- No taxpayers money will be wasted on unempoyment benefits - unemployment/overtime
complex would be self funding.
- Demand would bring more and better retraining courses - paid by users
- There would be less health costs as unemployment is a proven - and
serious - health risk
- Low level of unemployment would bring less crime and drugs and lower
- Flatter market demand as income would be marginally levelled would
enforce slight adjustments of range of products away from luxury items
- Significant reduction of overtime should improve quality of family
- Demand for workers would create situation, where marginal groups -
disabled, ethnic groups, aborigines etc would have much better chance to
enjoy full benefits of manistream life
- People who prefer to work only part-time would have better chance to
get involved, which should significantly improve the sitaution of many
- Various advanced forms of employment would have better chance - eg
working from home has significant environmental advantages.
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