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Australian High Court trifecta!!! Court rules that people on welfare can claim tax deductions for education expenses!

 
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11/11/2010 05:13 PM
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Australian High Court trifecta!!! Court rules that people on welfare can claim tax deductions for education expenses!
The Australian High Court seems to be in government smackdown mode lately. They've overruled the Federal Government twice and the South Australian government too.

Boat people have rights, bikies have rights, and now people on welfare can claim tax deductions for education expenses.

This is a sensible decision. People on welfare should be able to claim tax deductions for what it costs to educate themselves. Education is a good way for them to get off welfare. It makes sense to let them have tax deductions for it.

People who have been students in the last four years can claim deductions for that period, even if they have already put in a tax return. They can amend their returns, and soon big fat tax refund cheques will roll in!!


[link to www.smh.com.au]

"The letter contained a landmark ruling by the High Court that Ms Anstis was entitled to claim $920 as self-education expenses.
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The court determined her youth allowance payments as a student were assessable and expenses incurred in gaining that income were deductible.

It means hundreds of thousands of students receiving a youth allowance are eligible to claim educational expenses as a tax deduction, and experts say the federal government faces losing more than $80 million in revenue. Even worse for the Tax Office, claims can be made on education expenses up to four years old, despite an earlier return being lodged."
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11/12/2010 02:24 AM
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Re: Australian High Court trifecta!!! Court rules that people on welfare can claim tax deductions for education expenses!
The idea is to get them off welfare and that is going to take some kind of education whether technical or whatever is useful.
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11/12/2010 02:26 AM
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Re: Australian High Court trifecta!!! Court rules that people on welfare can claim tax deductions for education expenses!
Go Australia!
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11/12/2010 02:27 AM
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This is great news as I am thinking bout going and getting me a ed-u-ma-cashun
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11/12/2010 02:34 AM
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Re: Australian High Court trifecta!!! Court rules that people on welfare can claim tax deductions for education expenses!
I know. Fucking stoked. I posted about this morning and got no replys. I love seeing the tax department lose. Like I said in that thread they lose very rarely because they use the public purse to just appeal any decision that's made. Eventually whoever is taking them to court give up because their legal expenses get too high.... win by default. A precedence set.

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