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Tuesday, 29 May 1973
Page: 2824


Mr Mathews asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   How many taxpayers were granted tax concessions for educational expenses in the latest financial year for which figures are available and what was the cost to the revenue of these concessions.

(2)   What was the (a) number and (b) percentage of taxpayers claiming concessions for educational expenses who did so for expenses incurred at (i) government, (ii) Catholic and (iii) other non-government schools.

(3)   What (a) amount and (b) percentage of the total claimed for educational expenses related to expenses incurred at (i) government, (ii) Catholic and (iii) other non-government schools.

(4)   What was the average per capita value of tax concessions for educational expenses granted to taxpayers for expenses incurred at (i) government, (ii) Catholic and (iii) other non-government schools.

(5)   If he cannot provide the information for (a) government, (b) Catholic and (c) other nongovernment schools, will he do so for (i) government and (ii) non-government schools.


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

(1)   The number of taxable individuals who were allowed concessional deductions for education expenses included in the 1969-70 income year statistical tabulations was 1,311,763. The statistics for the 1970-71 income year indicate that an additional $83m of income tax would have been payable by taxable individuals whose assessments were included in the 1970-71 statistics if deductions for education expenses had not been allowed for that year. Statistics of the number of taxpayers who were allowed education deductions for the 1970-71 income year are not available.

(2)   to (5) Income tax statistics of deductions for education expenses are not classified by the type of school, college, etc attended by the children in respect of whom the deductions are allowed.







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