Thu Jun 28, 2018
Author: RV News Staff
Grey nomads in Australia might have to give up their travel dreams when their mid-range RVs are taxed like luxuries, according to a story by Channel 9 News. The Queensland government is being accused of hitting retirees with a tax that will add thousands of dollars to the cost of an RV.
The 2 percent tax on luxury cars will apply to vehicles worth more than $100,000, and weighing less than 4.5 tons, and that includes most new RVs.
Channel 9 News talked to Alan Dawes, who says he bought his RV five years ago with the dream of driving around Australia.
"If I was buying this vehicle now, it would affect me by about $9,000, which makes it out of the reach for a lot of people," Dawes says.
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington is accusing the government of "a greedy tax grab on grey nomads."
"They've paid their taxes and now, when they're in the prime of their life when they want to get out and enjoy this beautiful state, they're going to be slugged even more," she says.
And that leaves some dealers concerned they, too, could be out of pocket if they are forced to cover a tax on RVs they've already sold to customers.
"If I don't pass it on, which I can't... it will cost myself and my partner $96,000," John Burke from Explorer Motorhomes says.
Tourism groups are also concerned the tax could also have a negative effect on tourism in Queensland.