The Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ) is once again calling for the State Government to do its bit to ensure all drivers working in the personalised transport sector have an ABN and are registered for GST as part of the driver authorisation process.
TCQ’s chief executive officer Blair Davies points out that while drivers in the taxi industry have been complying with their obligations to pay tax, there is a question mark as to whether booked hire drivers are doing the same.
“If GST isn’t being collected on all personalised transport services then Queensland taxpayers lose out,” he said. GST is a tax that benefits the States.
“We know that Uber has faced scrutiny by senate committees in relation to how little tax it pays in Australia. TCQ, like most of the community, thinks that all companies and individuals doing business in Australia should pay their fair share of tax.
Mr Davies said the Queensland Government could help the ATO ensure that booked hire drivers comply with their income tax obligations simply by making it a requirement for driver authorisation.
“It’s about time our State Government started working cooperatively with the Commonwealth Government on such issues. Allowing any booked hire drivers to slip through the cracks when it comes to paying tax isn’t looking after Queensland’s best interests.”