Not for profit income tax exemption : is there a hole in the bucket, dear Henry?

McGregor-Lowndes, Myles, Turnour, Matthew D., & Turnour, Elizabeth (2011) Not for profit income tax exemption : is there a hole in the bucket, dear Henry? Australian Tax Forum, 26(4), pp. 601-631.


Australia’s Future Tax System Review, headed by the then head of the Australian Treasury, and the Productivity Commission’s Research Report on the not for profit sector, both examined the state of tax concessions to Australia’s not for profit sector in the light of the High Court’s decision in Commissioner of Taxation v Word Investments Ltd. Despite being unable to quantify with any certainty the pre- or post-Word Investments cost of the tax concessions, both Reports indicated their support for continuation of the income tax exemption. However, the government acted in the 2011 Budget to target the not for profit income tax concessions more precisely, mainly on competitive neutrality grounds.

This article examines the income tax exemption by applying the five taxation design principles, proposed in the Australia’s Future Tax System Review, for assessing tax expenditure. The conclusion is that the exemptions can be justified and, further, that a rationale for the exemption can be consistent with the reasoning in the Word Investments case.

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ID Code: 47587
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0812-695X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > ACCOUNTING AUDITING AND ACCOUNTABILITY (150100) > Taxation Accounting (150107)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Taxation Institute of Australia
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2011 00:49
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 13:35

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