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Friday, 30 October 1970


Mr Whitlam asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

What was the (a) revenue, (b) payroll tax and (c) percentage of payroll tax to revenue in respect of (i) semi-government and (ti) local government authorities in each State in the latest year for which figures are available.


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

The information requested by the honourable member is set out in the table below for 1968-69. the latest year for which revenue figures are available. For purposes of this reply, semi-government authorities are defined as those with separately analysed accounts which are classified as semigovernment authorities for national accounts purposes by the Commonwealth Statistician. (See answer to Question No. 2146.)

 

In interpreting these figures, the following points are relevant:

(i)   Payroll tax paid by business undertakings that is included in the working expenses of those undertakings would have been deducted from gross revenue to obtain the figures of net revenue included in the table.

(ii)   Some of the totals of payroll tax shown in table above would include tax paid in respect of capital expenditure. Such tax payments would normally be a charge against funds provided for capital purposes (usually loan funds) and not against revenue.







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