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You could be forgiven for being confused about Labor's big tax proposals ahead of the 2019 federal election. Depending on which side of politics you listen to, Labor's plans for negative gearing, franking credit refunds and capital gains tax concessions will either hurt those who can least afford it, or claw back tens of billions of dollars of extra revenue from the relatively well-off by shutting down overly-generous tax loopholes. There is little doubt these tax decisions, if implemented, would have significant ramifications for the economy, the budget and particular groups of people. RMIT ABC Fact Check does not seek to make a judgement about the relative merits of these policies. Our focus is on how the tax data is being used in the public policy debate. We take a look at why using taxable income to attack Labor's negative gearing, capital gains and dividend imputation policies is misleading.