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Do you think anyone on 'Job Seeker' or 'Job Keeper' should pay tax on their payments?

By Speccyiiii . Created on 22 Jun, 2020
Apparently the extra payments for 'Job Seeker' have to be declared as income and the new payment for 'Job Keeper' will also count as income and have to be declared to the tax office. Do you think this is fair?
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NO
Raymond said 7 days ago
Not unless they raise the benifits to a liveable amount. I'm unfortunately on benifits at the moment, and honestly, I dont know how people can make a lifestyle from them. I'm barely making ends meet and cant afford to even use the heater! Yes, this bonus is helping at the moment, but that wont last long! However, if they raised the payments to say, 800 per fortnight permanently, then yes, they should be ta...
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YES
Mrs said 6 days ago
The biggest problem, is that the benefit is fixed. Not adjusted for location. If you live where it costs you $160/week to rent a large 2 bed brick unit (I do) then it is just fine. If you live where it costs you $270 to rent a tiny 1 bed fibro unit then it is not. I realise that relocating is in theory the answer, and would encourage this where it is practical. Unfortunately, the some essential medical services are ...
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YES
Donz said a week ago
It wouldn't hurt to put a little back to the government that's supporting them.
YES
Suzanne said a week ago
I didn't get one brass razue and I live below the poverty line. I'm afraid I'm not very sympathetic to those getting a small fortune.
Not sure
Usernamtakn47 said a week ago
Not sure. good lump sum at tax time
YES
JellyKat said 3 weeks ago
The govt needs tax dollars, if you pay too much, you will get it back.
YES
Mrs said 3 weeks ago
The fairest system would be to increase GST (which even drug dealers pay) and abolish income tax (which crims and sneaky people may be fiddling) However, as that is not happening. Pay tax on all income, if you are under the taxable income you will get it back. If your income is higher you will pay what you would have if you had earnt this money by any other means. Why should how you get the money make a difference? ...
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West Swan said a week ago
Hi Mrs. I always thought that as well. Everyone has to pay GST. The more you buy the more GST is received by the Government. So rich people who buy more things will automatically pay more "Tax" than poor people. Or am I missing something?
YES
Mrs said 6 days ago
Mostly correct. More tax paid by those who spend more. If you have it to spend and do, you pay tax. If you don't have it you don't pay tax. If you have it and save it to support yourself as you age, you pay less.
A much farer tax system.
West Swan said 3 weeks ago
I don't know. I doubt even with the temporary doubling of Job Seeker that tax would be payable on that amount? I know I don't pay any tax on the pension which is almost as much as Job Seeker currently is.