The Australian Catholic Social Welfare Commission has welcomed the statement by Opposition Leader Kim Beazley that Labor would roll back the GST on charities.
“It is now for the government to demonstrate how
it will respond to the challenge posed by Labor’s commitment to undo the damage inflicted by the GST regime on the most needy – and charities seeking to assist them,” said the commission’s Toby O’Connor. “Charities
must be removed from the GST altogether.”
He said the GST had been a burden on the poor and small businesses and had also prevented charities assisting the poor with emergency relief.
“Under the new
tax system, charities must pay GST on emergency assistance items for disadvantaged people for which the charities are not compensated,” he said.
“Charities are caught up in a crippling administrative burden
of GST red tape, which must be funded at the expense of service to clients.”