Submission to the Inquiry into the Development of the Australian Corporate Bond Market

Rand Low, Terry Marsh

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Following a referral on 6 February 2020 from the Treasurer, The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, the Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue will inquire into and report on the Development of the Australian Corporate Bond Market.

The Committee invited interested persons and organisations to make a submission addressing the terms of reference by Thursday, 28 May 2020.

Terms of Reference
Australian companies may issue bonds as a means of raising debt finance. Over the last decade Australian Governments have made amendments to the regulatory regime for corporate debt to facilitate a deeper and more active retail corporate bond market. However the Australian retail bond market remains small in comparison to similar countries and, in terms of amount of debt raised, Australian-based businesses make greater use of offshore bond markets.

The Inquiry will examine:
- the tax treatment of corporate bonds for both issuers and investors to determine whether there are any impediments in the tax system to the issue of corporate bonds compared to other forms of debt financing for business;
- related impediments within the Corporations Act to the further development of the corporate bond market, including how they interact with the tax system; and
- comparable policy settings in other jurisdictions, with a focus on those jurisdictions that are major sources of debt finance for companies operating in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherParliament of Australia
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2020


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