Wollongong families benefit from Education Tax Refund by up to $4 million

Nearly 7000 families in the Cunningham electorate made claims for the Education Tax Refund (ETR) last year helping with the costs of starting and returning to school, Federal member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, revealed today.

“Sending children to start school or returning to school for another year can be expensive for families.

“I want to remind parents that the Commonwealth Government introduced a 50 percent Education Tax Rebate (ETR) to help with those unavoidable costs and encourage them to keep receipts for the school purchases and make a claim for the ETR.

“Last year, 6560 families living in my electorate made an ETR claim and received $4.1 million of assistance through the ETR.

“Eligible education expenses include school uniforms, laptop and home computers, home internet connections, computer software, and school textbooks.

“Families may claim an ETR of $409 for eligible expenses up to $818 for each primary school child and $818 for eligible expenses up to $1636 for each secondary school child”, Ms Bird said.

She said that an ETR could be claimed in an individual’s tax return or by completing the Education Tax Refund for Individuals claim form available from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Ms Bird has also produced an Education Tax Refund envelope to help families keep secure and organised all receipts relating to education spending, which are available by contacting her office on 4228 5899.