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In a media report issued on 22 January 2009, the Acting Tax Commissioner, Jennie Granger, said it was important for people to remember to keep their receipts if they wish to claim the education tax refund. This reiterated the same advice given by the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, in a media release issued on the same day. The Treasurer called on parents to make sure they keep their receipts to make the most of the Rudd Government's $4.4 billion Education Tax Refund.

Parents entitled to Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A for children in primary or secondary school for the relevant financial year are eligible for the Education Tax Refund. Under the scheme, they can claim up to 50% back on the cost of things such as:

  • laptops and home computers
  • printers, software and internet connections
  • textbooks and other printed learning materials, and
  • stationery and trade tools for school-based trade courses.
For a copy of the ATO media release, No 2009/05, 22 January 2009, go here.

For a copy of the Treasurer's media release, No 2009/004, 22 January 2009, go here.

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