Pub supports club tax concession

THE Club Hotel owner Paul Fagin has supported the need for community clubs to continue to receive tax concessions from the federal government.

The support comes after the Productivity Commission released a report last week suggesting the tax concessions for licensed clubs be dropped because they were unfair.

If the government were to implement the plan, nationally clubs would pay more than $1 billion in additional tax.

“I’m not really concerned about it — most of their funds go back into the community in some way,” Mr Fagin said.

“As long as they keep putting it back in the community.”

Mr Fagin said he had been involved in sporting clubs for the past 14 years and realised how expensive the sports were to run.

Brothers Sports Club operations manager Michael Rae said a change in the tax concession would have a “major impact” on local sporting clubs.

“The more tax we have to pay the less money clubs have to put back into junior and senior sport and charities,” Mr Rae said.

Mr Rae said sporting clubs supported thousands of juniors around the state by providing uniforms, training and equipment.



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