Sunday, January 24, 2010

Australia: Government Contemplating Tax Changes to Encourage Older Workers To Remain Employed

According to The Australian, one result of a government review of taxes could be a lower marginal rate for older workers as an incentive to stay in their jobs. Speaking at a tax conference in Sydney, Ken Henry, chairman of the tax review, told attendees that "[o]lder people are less likely to be in the workforce, due to retirement or working less hours. . . . Marginal tax rates might need to be adjusted over time to ensure they reflect the changing abilities and propensities to work of different cohorts at different times in their lives."

The government's thinking is that taxes would make a bigger difference to the number of older workers deciding to remain in the workforce than it would for people of prime working age, who were likely to stay employed in any case.

Source: The Australian "Tax breaks for older workers" (January 22, 2010)

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