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Thursday, 15 May 1980
Page: 2275

Senator THOMAS (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Is the Minister representing the Treasurer aware that even the most conscientious taxpayer has difficulty obeying the provisions of the Income Tax Assessment Act because of its complexities? In particular, I refer to the requirement for an employee to fill out an income tax instalment declaration every time he changes his place of employment. I know of a shearer who filled out 55 of these quite complicated declarations during the last financial year, and of a shearing contractor who is required to obtain many hundreds of these forms each year. Incidentally, it was beyond the capacity of the local quite large post office to supply those forms from its stocks. Will the Minister refer this matter to the Treasurer?

Senator CARRICK - It has always been a matter of concern to me that the taxation forms and the forms that in many cases emanate from government departments appear to be very complex- and, in my judgment, unduly so. It is unreasonable for an ordinary person to be expected to comprehend and to comply accurately with them. I do not know what are the limitations on this matter. I will refer the matter to the Treasurer and ask him to look at it.

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