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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4787

Mr James asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

What percentage of Australian parents claimed the full allowable tax deduction for education of children attending primary and secondary public schools during 1970-71, 1971-72 and 1972-73.

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

No statistics are available of the number of taxpayers who claimed the maximum deduction allowable for education expenses in respect of any of their children. The only related statistics are those of the number of children in respect of whom the maximum education deductions were allowed. The statistics for the 1967-68 income year, the latest for which this information has been compiled shows that the number of children in respect of whom the maximum deduction (then $300) was allowed was 124,046. This number is estimated to represent about S per cent of the total number of children in respect of whom deductions for education expenses were allowed in that year.

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