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Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Page: 75

Mr Dutton asked the Treasurer, in writing, on 25 June 2009:

(1)   Is his department able to estimate the additional annual increase in private health premium liabilities for businesses which provide Fringe Benefits Tax-liable private health insurance membership for their employees from 1 July 2010, due to the Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives policy; if so, what is the quantum of those liabilities.

Mr Swan (Treasurer) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

The increase in private health insurance premium liabilities for business cannot be quantified, as this type of fringe benefit is not separately identified on fringe benefits tax returns submitted by businesses. Private health insurance fringe benefits fall into the ‘Other benefits (residual)’ category on the fringe benefits tax return, along with various other types of fringe benefits.