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Tuesday, 19 November 1974
Page: 2549

Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Minister's attention been drawn to an article in the edition of 3 August of 'Taxpayer', the national organ of the Taxpayers' Association, referring to tax collection aspects of the proposed national health scheme.

(2)   Will the Minister give an assurance that tax collection under the scheme will not, as stated in the article, become a nightmare for employers.

(3)   Will the Government reimburse employers for the additional cost to them of having to cope with what the article describes as a 'mathematical shambles'.

Senator Wheeldon - The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   1 have not read the article.

(2)   The procedures to be used to collect the health insurance levy will be identical with those now used to collect income tax. Employers will simply deduct a single amount representing income tax and health insurance levy as shown on a published schedule, just as they do now for payasyouearn income tax instalments. The schedule will show how much of the deduction is for health insurance levy and employers will be asked to indicate this on pay slips and group certificates.

(3)   See answer to part (2). It is not proposed to pay a commission to employers. Commissions are not paid for payasyouearn collections.

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