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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3435

Mr Solomon (DENISON, TASMANIA) asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   What sum in tax concessions was granted in respect of taxpayers' educational expenses in the latest financial year for which figures are available.

(2)   What proportions of the total related to education at (a) State schools and (b) independent schools.

(3)   How many taxpayers were involved in each category.

(4)   If these figures are not available, what alternative means can be employed to adduce comparable statistics.

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

(1)   Deductions allowed for education expenses in the assessments of taxable individuals included in the statistics tabulated for the 1968-69 income year (the latest year for which statistics of these deductions are at present available) amounted to approximately $235m. The cost to income tax revenue of allowing these deductions is estimated to be about $70m.

(2)   and (3) Statistics of deductions allowed for education expenses are not classified by type of school or other educational institutions attended by the child or dependent in respect of whom the expenses were incurred.

(4)   The Commonwealth Statistician publishes statistics which classify into a number of categories the numbers of persons attending various educational institutions. Also, numbers of children for whom education expenses were allowed in respect of the 1968-69 income year are shown in 'Taxation Statistics 1969-70', the Supplement to the 49th Report of the Commissioner of Taxation. These statistics may provide a basis from which a broad indication of the numbers of taxpayers claiming deductions for education expenses incurred in respect of children attending

(a)   State schools and (b) independent schools may be derived. However, because of the various factors that influence the cost of allowing deductions to taxpayers who have children attending State schools or independent schools (or both types of schools) and other educational institutions, the statistics would not provide a firm basis for establishing the proportions of the total deductions for education expenses that related to education at (a) State schools and (b) independent schools.

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