Education    SCHOOLS AWAIT TAX RULING
The Queensland Catholic Education Commission says it has not received any formal notification that private schools - and not government schools - will benefit from GST tax concessions, The Catholic Leader reports.
   State education representatives have claimed that non-government schools have the legal status of charitable institutions and would benefit under the GST, while state schools are regarded as government agencies and would not receive the same benefit.
   But Pam Betts, who coordinates the Commission's GST unit, said that it had nothing in writing that this was going to happen.
   "To date we have no information to indicate that state schools will not have exemption," she said. "We simply don't have a ruling."
   "When we get a ruling from the Australian Taxation Office, we'll be looking at it closely."
   The ruling was requested in December.
   - Cath Leader
17/4/00

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