Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Australian Tax Deduction Data Show Men Get More Deductions

From ABC News:

Australians cherish their tax deductions.

Three-quarters claim tax deductions totalling $37 billion a year, with 70 per cent using an accountant to file their return.

The average total deduction is $2,576, even though half of all taxpayers claim less than $674.

The majority of the $37 billion claimed is for work-related expenses.

Tax office statistics show that in 2017-18 there were almost 9 million taxpayers claiming a total of $21.7 billion in work-related expenses.

But look further into the data and you will find the bulk of deductions aren't just going to people on higher incomes, but specifically to higher-income men.

The average higher-income woman (earning more than $100,000 a year) claims less in deductions than a man earning the same income.

Read more here.

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