Senate debates

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Questions on Notice

Solar Energy (Question No. 1718)

Photo of Christine MilneChristine Milne (Tasmania, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

asked the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, upon notice, on 16 March 2012:

(1) Can a list be provided detailing those pensions and allowances for which payments from feed-in tariffs for household solar energy systems are considered income.

(2) For each of the payments identified in (1), can a detailed breakdown be provided of how each is deemed, including:

  (a) how income from feed-in tariffs is identified;

  (b) the dollar threshold per allowance or pension at which monies from feed-in tariffs is considered income; and

  (c) at what ratio pensions or allowances are then deemed (for example, a {Question Text}.50 reduction in pension/allowance per $1 of feed-in tariff income).

(3) Is the Minister aware of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) private ruling number 88668; if so, how does this ATO ruling inform the deeming of pensions and allowances administered by the department.


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