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Budget Paper No.2 Fiscal and Economic Outlook 2008-2009



Budget Paper No.2 Fiscal and Economic Outlook 2008-2009

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2008-09 Budget 76 Territory Own-Source Revenue Royalty payers are able to reduce the amount of royalty that they pay in the Territory for eligible exploration expenditure (EEE) incurred for their mining operations in the Territory. In addition, they have been able to utilise exploration expenditure incurred by others, through acquiring exploration expenditure certificates (EECs), to also reduce the amount of royalty that they are required to pay. However, the amount by which royalty may be reduced through the use of EEE is limited to a maximum of 25 per cent of the amount that would otherwise be payable. Moreover, EECs have not been issued since 1 July 2003, so the number and value of EECs available to reduce royalty has been diminishing since then. It is believed that there is minimal stock of EECs available to royalty payers, so royalty payers will be increasingly restricted to EEE expended on their own mining tenements. The estimated cost of this concession is based on projected future mineral royalty collections, assuming that royalty payers will seek to maximise their royalty deduction by using EEE. The Territory has substantially the same revenue-raising powers as the states. However, constitutional and other arrangements limit the revenue-raising base that is available to all states and territories. Therefore, while the Territory, like the states, has limited discretion on the range of taxes that can be applied, it has discretion over the rates of these taxes. National tax reform has given the states and territories access to a more robust and growing revenue base but it has also further reduced the range of taxes directly available to the states and territories. This has meant states and territories are paying greater attention to the efficiency and comparability of their remaining taxes. This is evident in the 2008-09 Budget revenue initiatives which include conveyance stamp duty and payroll tax rate reductions and the harmonisation of payroll tax legislation. Eligible Exploration Expenditure Conclusion