Resources minister dismisses FIFO tax changes

Federal resources minister Josh Frydenberg said the Turnbull government has no plans to alter FIFO worker tax arrangements.

He said the issue of tax breaks has been raised with him but asserted no changes were going to be made, according to a report by The West Australian.

“We are not about to make any changes, but I do want to look at all the issues involved in FIFO,” he said.

The issue of whether to encourage mining companies to house their workers locally or have them fly in and out is disputed in a number of regional West Australian and Queensland seats, ahead of the upcoming Federal election.

Frydenberg said he was consulting on methods to “get the balance right”, adding that company costs had to be contained to sustain the viability of mining operations.

Nearly one quarter of resources workers in Australia have FIFO arrangements, with approximately 60,000 in WA.

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