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Tuesday, 7 December 1971
Page: 4258

Mr Hayden asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

Will he provide a break-down of income tax groups by specific age groups of taxpayers for the latest year for which figures are available.

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

Taxpayers are not required to state their ages on income tax return forms unless they wish to claim, under the age allowance provisions, exemption from income tax or a reduction in income tax otherwise payable.

Accordingly, the only income tax statistics which indicate the age of taxpayers are those relating to taxable individuals who completed the age allowance part of the income tax return form, i.e. certain male taxpayers aged 65 years and over and certain female taxpayers aged 60 years and over. Statistics of taxable individuals whose income tax was reduced by the age provisions for the 1969-70 income year are shown below.


The above statistics relate only to assessments that were issued by computer. However, these assessments constituted the great majority of assessments issued to taxable individuals who benefitted from the age allowance.

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