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Net tax thresholds for Australian families


  • Kerrie Bremner

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)


A net tax threshold (NTT) is the maximum amount of private income a family or person can have before their income tax liability exceeds their government cash benefits entitlement. This study compares NTTs and disposable incomes for different family types for the 1996-97 and 2006-07 financial years and discusses changes to the tax and cash transfer systems that have impacted on the 2006-07 outcomes. Also examined is the distribution of Australian families who are above or below their net tax threshold with analysis by family type, number of children, and State; a comparison is made between 1996-97 and 2005-06.

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  • Kerrie Bremner, 2005. "Net tax thresholds for Australian families," Economic Roundup, The Treasury, Australian Government, issue 3, pages 39-52, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:tsy:journl:journl_tsy_er_2005_3_3

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    1. Ann Harding & Robert Tanton, 2014. "Policy and people at the small-area level: using micro-simulation to create synthetic spatial data," Chapters,in: Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Spatially Integrated Social Science, chapter 25, pages 560-586 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Robert Tanton & Yogi Vidyattama & Justine McNamara & Quoc Ngu Vu & Ann Harding, 2009. "Old, Single and Poor: Using Microsimulation and Microdata to Analyse Poverty and the Impact of Policy Change among Older Australians," Economic Papers, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 28(2), pages 102-120, June.

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    disposable income; income tax; taxation; thresholds;

    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies


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