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Education tax relief a must for regional Australian families.



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Education tax relief a must for regional Australian families 26-July-2010 Source: John Forrest, MP -

The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee John Forrest says the Coalition’s promised increase to the existing Education Tax Refund would help ensure regional Australians received a fair share of the tax dollar. The rebate under a Coalition Government, if elected, will provide additional help with the costs of their children’s education and help ease pressure on family budgets.

An additional $760 million over the forward estimates will be committed to increasing the amount of the rebate for primary and secondary students and significantly expand the type of expenses that can be claimed.

For primary students, the maximum rebate will increase to up to $500 a year a child. For secondary school students, the maximum rebate will increase to up to $1000 a year for each child. The types of expenses the rebate will apply to include: • School fees • School camps and excursions • Special education costs for children with disabilities, like dyslexia • Extra-curricular activities such as music, dance or drama lessons • Tutoring costs • Musical instruments required for lessons • School photos • Sporting fees and equipment. Mr Forrest said if the Coalition is elected, the expanded rebate will commence on January 1, 2011, allowing families to claim for expenses incurred for the next school year. “Uptake of the Rudd-Gillard Government’s scheme has been poor because it is too narrowly focussed and excluded school fees from the rebate, despite the fact that school fees represent a significant financial burden for parents,” Mr Forrest said.