Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 24 August 2017) . . Page.. 3444 ..
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Government—taxes and charges
(Question No 353)
Ms Le Couteur asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 9 June 2017:
(1) How many charities are currently seeking or being granted an exemption their rates.
(2) How many properties in the ACT are exempt from paying land tax due to their charity status.
(3) How many properties does this apply to.
(4) Do any of these properties belong to churches.
(5) Have any charities been excluded; if so, why.
(6) Are there any specific exemptions or additional benefits for churches that do not fall under the definition of “charity”.
(7) As many of their tenants would at least qualify for a concession, is there any consideration for allowing rates exemption or concession for community housing.
(8) Has the Commissioner for ACT Revenue made any beneficial organisation determinations to reinstate tax exempt status; if so, how many times and for which organisations.
Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) There are currently 162 charitable organisations that have properties which receive a rates exemption.
(2) If a charity is exempt from rates, it is also exempt from land tax.
(3) There are 245 properties owned by charitable organisation that receive a rates exemption.
(4) The numbers in answers (1) and (3) include religious orders.
(5) All charities are afforded an exemption from rates.
(7) The government is working on a range of initiatives to improve housing affordability. This includes examining the role of community housing and the regulatory and taxation environment it operates in.