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Wednesday, 20 May 1936

Senator MCLEAY - lt is u dragnet definition.

Senator PAYNE - That may be the intention.' It is incorrect to say that under our income tax laws every person is a taxpayer, because clause 81 provides that taxpayers are those in receipt, of £250 or more per annum.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Clause ST does not provide that.

Senator PAYNE - That clause sets out a statutory exemption of £250, and any person in receipt of that amount or more is an income taxpayer, but under this definition the person who receives only £2 per annum can be regarded as a taxpayer. If the Government is anxious to reach all those who should send in returns, but who do not, I would be only too willing to assist it.

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