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UnitingCare Australia looks forward to government’s response to Henry Tax Review
April 29, 2010
UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Susan Helyar has expressed optimism for significant reform ahead of the release of the findings of the Henry Tax Review this coming Sunday.
Ms Helyar said Effective Marginal Tax Rates and other issues facing the working poor, Fringe Benefits Tax arrangements and taxes on essential services as we move to a low carbon future, all significantly impact on low income Australians and the survival of the organisations which provide services to some of the country’s most disadvantaged citizens.
“Reform must address the high effective marginal tax rates and ‘poverty traps’ experienced by low income people moving from welfare payments to work and those juggling multiple part-time jobs,” Ms Helyar said.
“Tax concessions on superannuation and housing must be structured to provide equal benefit for all Australians, especially those on low incomes.
“The Government must collect sufficient revenue to better fund services needed by disadvantaged Australians and their communities.
“We’ll be looking for announcements that improve and increase the support provided to not-for-profit social services through the tax system, particularly in relation to Fringe Benefits Tax arrangements and a significant reduction in red tape,” Ms Helyar said.
Ms Helyar said the Henry Tax Review is the final piece in the Government’s current ambitious social services reform puzzle.
“We look forward to comprehensive change in tax policy which reflects the findings of the Productivity Commissions review of the contribution of the not-for-profit sector and other major reviews,” Ms Helyar said.
“We also look forward to evidence that the principles outlined in the Government’s recently completed National Compact are functional and relevant.
“UnitingCare Australia has provided constructive advice and analysis, formally and informally over the course of this review.
“We look forward to the recommendations and to the Government’s response to be released on Sunday,” Ms Helyar said.