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Friday, 12 June 1970


Mr Berinson asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that zone allowances for workers north of the 26th parallel are not available to off-shore drillers north of that line.

(2)   If so, (a) why are those allowances not available to these drillers and (b) will consideration be given to removing this apparent anomaly.


Mr Bury - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The income tax zone allowances are available only to persons who reside in or who have been in prescribed zone areas for more than onehalf of a year of income. Those areas, which are prescribed quite specifically to the Income Tax Assessment Act, do not extend to off-shore areas. Accordingly, periods of employment on off-shore drilling rigs do not qualify as periods of residence in zone areas.

(2)   (a) See the answer to (1) above.

(b)   I have received representations from other quarters concerning this matter and it has been noted for consideration, along with other requests for revision of the zone allowance provisions of the income tax law; when those provisions are next under review.







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