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New Group Wants Income Splitting For Parents

Published: Mon 11 Feb 2008 10:04 AM
Parents Choice ‘08
Media Statement
Saturday 9 February 2008
New Group Wants Income Splitting For Parents
A new lobby group – Parents Choice ‘08 – has today announced that it will campaign this election year for tax reform to allow parents to split their incomes for tax purposes thereby recognising the contribution of the “at home” parent.
“Parents want their role to be recognised by society. They are tired of being undervalued simply because they work with children at home” says Parents Choice Chairman, Roger Ellis.
“Income Splitting would allow a parent at home to share their partner’s income for tax purposes. This means that a parent earning $60,000 per year could split the income with their partner so that each was taxed on $30,000. This could save the couple up to $123 per fortnight in tax” said Mr Ellis.
“We should not underestimate the importance of children bonding with parents – especially during the early years of development. Families today are being taxed without any recognition of the contributions made by at home parents. If Income Splitting were introduced it would restore some measure of value to at home parenting” said Mr Ellis.
“The pressures pushing both parents to hurriedly rejoin the workforce need to be relieved. Our labour force participation rates are already among the highest in the OECD. Better economic performance will come from higher productivity and improved social cohesion. Income splitting could help make the difference for many families. Families choosing to look after their own children at home should be free to make their own choice as to when they rejoin the workforce. Income Splitting will help them do that” said Mr Ellis.
Parents can show their support for Parents Choice by emailing: parentschoice08[at]gmail.com or comment via the blog at www.parentschoice08.blogspot.com
ENDS

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