Stingy Canberrans quickest to claim deductions

johnboy 16 July 2009 4

Some research on charitable giving out of the Parliamentary Library is making some noise.

Despite not giving as much as the other states as a percentage of income, Canberrans are streets ahead when it comes to claiming a gift deduction on our tax. 50.7% of taxpayers claiming a deduction with NSW the next closest on just 43.7%.

I suppose Canberrans, by their nature, will tend to be better at paperwork.

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4 Responses to Stingy Canberrans quickest to claim deductions
bigred bigred 5:21 pm 16 Jul 09

This category includes “voluntary contributions” to private school building funds. With a high rate of private schooling comes guess what?

monomania monomania 4:57 pm 16 Jul 09

John you have referenced your source you don’t appear to have read it with any degree of comprehension.

As a percentage of income the ACT was above the Australian average of 0.36%
NSW         0.47%
Viv           0.38%
ACT         0.37%
SA            0.28%

ACT hasn’t too many extremely rich people or old money families.

For instance the electorate with the highest level of giving in 2006–07 was Wentworth which had the highest mean taxable income of any electorate at $102 826 per taxpayer and ranked ahead of all other electorates with total gifts equal to 1.58 per cent of total taxable income.

This pecentage of taxable income measure has little merit because it doesn’t include the giving of voluntary labour nor does it measure the percentage of disposable income people may donate.

Qbn Gal Qbn Gal 12:23 pm 16 Jul 09

Not more generous, just better educated and know what we can and can’t claim.

toriness toriness 9:41 am 16 Jul 09

OR…. are we more generous?

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