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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 13 Hansard (12 November) . . Page.. 5039..

(5) How much of the six per cent referred to in part (4) is attributed to growth in (a) small business and (b) Federal Government spending in the ACT.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) 2,410 businesses submitted payroll tax returns in the ACT in 2008-09.

(2) The average yearly payroll tax amount paid by:

(a) businesses: was $111,560.13 per business; and

(b) businesses with less than 20 employees: this data is unavailable as employee numbers are not included by businesses in payroll tax returns. It is useful to note, however, that the ACT has a tax free threshold of $1.5 million. As such, businesses with 20 employees are likely to be exempt from payroll tax unless their average wages and other taxable payments exceed $75,000 per employee.

(3) Federal Government departments and agencies are not liable for State and Territory taxes and therefore do not pay payroll tax.

(4) Payroll tax forecasts are done on an aggregate basis and not on a sectoral basis. It is therefore not possible to pinpoint which sectors of the ACT economy will be the main contributor to payroll tax growth in 2009-10.

(5) (a) As mentioned in response to 2(a) above, small businesses (5 to 19 employees) are likely to be below the tax free threshold and therefore not liable for payroll tax.

(b) The Federal Government is not liable for payroll tax.

Economy-stimulus task force

(Question No 367)

Mr Seselja asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 15 October 2009:

(1) How many ACT Government officers work as part of the ACT Stimulus Package Taskforce.

(2) What are the levels of each officer.

(3) What was the total cost of the taskforce in 2008-09.

(4) What is the total cost of the taskforce estimated to be in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11, (c) 2011-12 and (d) 2012-13.

(5) Which departments or agencies are the officers ordinarily employed with.

(6) Has the taskforce identified changes to any systems, procedures, practices or policies in order to meet the timeframe set by the Australian Government to implement the Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan; if so, which changes have been identified by the taskforce and what are the costs for each change to the ACT Government.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Eight officers currently work as the ACT Stimulus Package Taskforce.

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