Religious Taxes

In the Federal Parliament, senator Nick Xenophon has introduced a private bill called the Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010. Saltshakers reports in their June Journal that the Bill will force all religious groups or charities that currently receive an exemption from income tax to prove that they provide a ‘public benefit’ in order to retain this tax status. The Parliamentary Economics Legislation Committee is now holding an inquiry on the Bill and will report by August 31, 2010.

Action: Saltshakers asks people to write to the committee asking that the current status for tax exemptions remain. So far 70 submissions have been received.

For more on the inquiry, to read the bill visit: http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/economics_ctte/public_benefit_test_10/index.htm

Send submissions to:

Senate Economics Committee
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100, Parliament House,
Canberra ACT 2600

Or email it to economics.sen@aph.gov.au

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POSTED 29 Jun 2010
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