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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 441

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 14 May 1980:

(1)   Which animal welfare charities in Australia are recognised by the Commissioner of Taxation for the purposes of allowing tax deductions.

(2)   Are donations made to certain animal charities not tax deductible; if so, (a) why are these deductions not allowable and (b) what are the reasons for the different approaches.

(3)   Does the Government propose to take steps to ensure that all donations to animal welfare charities are tax deductible; if so, what is proposed.

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

(   1 ) and (2) The Income Tax Assessment Act does not provide any deduction for donations to animal welfare charities other than to the Australian Conservation Foundation Incorporated and the World Wildlife Fund Australia. Both of these organisations, however, are concerned primarily with the preservation of fauna, rather than with animal welfare.

(3)   This is a policy matter and will be considered in the Budget context along with other requests for taxation concessions, including other requests for admission to the income tax gift provisions.

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