Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison has said that the Labor Party would introduce uncompetitive tax rates that would increase the annual tax burden on the economy by AUD31bn (USD24.5bn).
In an address to a Bloomberg event in Sydney, Morrison said: "You don't grow the economy by taxing Australia out of business. You don't support Australian households by taxing Australians out of [a] job."
"You grow the economy by pursuing the economics of opportunity, not the politics of envy. By making it easier for businesses to invest, grow, and create jobs."
According to Morrison, had Labor won the last election and implemented the tax policies in its manifesto, taxes as a share of GDP would have risen to 25.7 percent. The Coalition has set a tax-to-GDP cap of 23.9 percent over the medium term.
Morrison argued that Labor's proposals would result in the introduction of six new taxes.
Morrison said that the abolition of negative gearing would equate to a housing tax, while an increase in capital gains tax would represent an investment tax. Reversing the Coalition's tax cuts and concessions for businesses with annual turnover of up to AUD50m would amount to an SME tax, and increasing the tax on distributions on family trusts would be a "family business tax."
Finally, Morrison described Labor's plan to increase to the tax on superannuation contributions as a "savings tax," and its proposed increase to the top marginal income tax rate as a "higher wage tax."
Morrison estimated that these measures would cost more than AUD150bn over ten years and would mean "gluing the Australian economy to some of the most uncompetitive taxes in the OECD."
The United Arab Emirates Cabinet on January 7, 2018, approved two double tax agreements concluded with Moldova and Croatia.
Taiwanese Premier Lai Ching-Te has directed the Ministry of Finance to work towards a Taiwan-US tax treaty.
Cyprus and Saudi Arabia signed a DTA on January 3, 2018.
According to preliminary media reports, Colombia and Japan are negotiating a DTA.
Georgia and Moldova signed a DTA on November 29, 2017.
Luxembourg and Kosovo signed a DTA on December 8, 2017.
Switzerland and the United Kingdom signed a DTA Protocol on November 30, 2017.
According to an update from the Liechtenstein Government, the new DTA with the United Arab Emirates will become effective from January 1, 2018.
According to preliminary media reports, the Netherlands and Liechtenstein held a first round of DTA negotiations over three days ending November 17, 2017.
Saudi Arabia's Cabinet on November 28, 2017, authorized the signing of a DTA with Bulgaria.
Bahrain's Cabinet has approved the signing of a new DTA with Hong Kong, the state news agency said November 13, 2017.
Hong Kong announced on November 24, 2017, that its DTAs with Pakistan and Latvia had entered into force.
Finland on November 2, 2017, confirmed that a new DTA signed with Germany will be effective from January 1, 2018.
The DTA between Cyprus and Iran will become effective from January 1, 2018.
India ratified a third Protocol to its DTA with New Zealand on November 2, 2017, publishing a Notice in its Official Gazette.
Gibraltar and the United Kingdom are considering launching negotiations towards a DTA, according to recent comments from the UK's Economic Secretary to the Treasury.
Barbados and Italy have exchanged instruments of ratification in respect of a DTA, which will now become effective from January 1, 2018.
Switzerland's Government on October 25, 2017, adopted a dispatch on the DTA concluded with Pakistan, enabling its ratification.
Spain and Portugal signed a DTA on October 18, 2017.
Pakistan and Latvia initialed a DTA on October 25, 2017.
Spain and Romania signed a DTA on October 18, 2017.
Denmark and Japan signed a DTA Protocol on October 11, 2017.
The Bahamas and Finland signed a Protocol to amend their TIEA on October 19, 2017.
The Dutch lower house of parliament on October 24, 2017, approved the ratification of a DTA signed with Zambia.
Cyprus and Mauritius signed a DTA Protocol on October 23, 2017.