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The rise of entitlement in the wealthy

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27.07.2019

BURIED in the Australian Tax Office's 358-paragraph tax deduction guide for federal politicians is a little section on clothing.

It's just three paragraphs. MPs are advised they can't claim the cost of buying, cleaning and maintaining clothes and shoes on their tax, just like most normal people.

But it's the next two pars that catch the eye if you're aware of research about why so many relatively rich and powerful people are caught doing questionable things.

It's like taking candy from a baby. Picture: Simon Schluter

The ATO provides a helpful example of the kind of pollie clothing claim it will refuse.

"A Member decides, as a result of the televising of parliamentary proceedings, to purchase a range of high quality garments to wear on those occasions. A deduction is not allowable because there is an insufficient connection between the acquisition of these items and the Member's work-related activities," the ATO said.

Those two sentences have the leaden feel of having been said, written, explained and argued by too many pollies, too many times.

You can imagine an agitated federal pollie, struggling to make ends meet on a base salary of $207,000, exhorting his or her accountant to make the case he or she ONLY wears the new $3000 outfit in bright hues in parliament so constituents can EASILY SEE their hard-working local MP during televised debates.

"So it HAS to be a work-related expense, Gerald, plus I wouldn't be seen DEAD in anything but........

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