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From 1 July 2011, the Government will provide individuals with a tax discount equal to 50% on up to $1,000 of interest earned, including on deposits held with any bank, building society or credit union, as well as bonds, debentures or annuity products.

This means that for a person earning an average pre-tax interest rate of 6%, the discount would apply up to a savings balance of just over $16,500.

This change will result in some individuals and families becoming eligible for transfer payments or eligible for a larger transfer payment, such as Family Tax Benefit, Baby Bonus, Child Care Benefit, Education Tax Refund, Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) and the Pensioner Supplement (which is linked to eligibility for the CSHC).

For more information, see the Treasurer's media release, No 2010/36, 11 May 2010.

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