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Tuesday, 8 November 2011
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Microbrewery Excise Refund

(Question No. 1270)


Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 11 October 2011:

(1) Can a list be provided of the names of businesses that have received the microbrewery excise refund.

(2) Can a breakdown be provided by financial year, of the number of businesses that have claimed this refund since its introduction.


Senator Wong: The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Due to the operation of the secrecy provisions under Division 355, Schedule 1 of the Tax Administration Act 1953 (particularly section 355-25) the Commissioner of Taxation is unable to disclose information concerning the taxation affairs of individual taxpayers. The information requested does not fall within the exceptions set out in this division.

(2) The table below outlines the number of taxpayers that have claimed the microbrewery excise refund since 1 July 2003.

Financial year

Number of taxpayers that have claimed the microbrewery excise refund

2003-04

15

2004-05

27

2005-06

27

2006-07

37

2007-08

43

2008-09

49

2009-10

55

2010-11

53

 

Note - the microbrewery excise refund commenced on 1 July 2000, however the Excise Collection System only holds data from 1 July 2003.