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Free childcare ends as tax refunds start rolling out to millions of Australians – The Guardian

More taxpayers than usual have already filed returns in anticipation of up to $1,080 tax cut



The 1 million Australians who have already completed their tax returns will start to receive refunds this week, but for families with children in childcare, Monday also marks the return to the fee-and-subsidy model.
The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has released tax office statistics showing that 10 million Australians will benefit from the low and middle income tax offset, with 4.5 million to receive the full $1,080.
More than 5m Australians will also receive the second $750 stimulus payment from Monday, targeted at welfare recipients and low income earners.
By Friday, 991,000 people had already lodged tax returns for the 2019-20 financial year, an 11% increase on last year and a new record as tax cuts delivered in the form of an offset encourage early lodgement, with benefits hitting a recipients account all in one go at tax time.
With the second wave of the coronavirus hitting Melbourne the governments emphasis has shifted from a possible economic recovery founded on eased restrictions to preparing the next round of supports.
These include extending the jobkeeper wage subsidy program and consideration of bringing forward further income tax cuts. Some in the not-for-profit childcare sector say a new sustainability payment for childcare centres operating in areas that have returned to stage three restrictions will also be required.
From Monday, childcare centres can start to charge parents fees again and the government will resume paying the childcare subsidy; jobkeeper will stop being paid to employees at childcare businesses from 20 July, replaced with $708m in transition payments.
The federal government has provided fee relief to parents in Melbourne and Mitchell shire by allowing services located in areas with stage three restrictions to waive fees to parents if children are not attending care.
Julie Price, the executive director of Community Child Care, which represents not for profit centres in Victoria, said it was a great move to say services could waive their fees but they cant afford to if children are not attending

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