Individual taxation likely to go to vote


It looks likely the issue of individual taxation will go to the vote.

Currently married couples are taxed together – which often means one partner, and it’s normally the woman, gives up their job or cuts down their hours, because the additional income is being eaten up by income tax.

Campaigners say this is unfair and people should always be taxed as individuals – irrespective of marital status. 

The Liberal Party launched an initiative in March last year and now say they have enough signatures to bring the issue to the vote.

But it’s not being ignored by the federal government. The Department of Finance says a parliamentary debate is already scheduled for the autumn season. 

But campaigners say the initiative will keep the pressure on and the threat of a vote will be a safeguard something will happen. 

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