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Tax to be deducted for gym memberships

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The health and fitness industry is pushing claiming to deduct the tax for gym memberships to improve the health of Australians.

Physical activity through gym could help to improve 36% diseases, data shows.

AUSactive CEO Barrie Elvish said exercise in gyms, pilates, yoga studios and leisure centres was currently categorised as entertainment.

“Comparing bending an elbow in a pub to bending an elbow with a barbell in a gym in ludicrous,” Elvish said.

“It’s absurd and ironic that a taxpayer can claim a deduction for donations to health-related not-for-profit organisations but not to proactively improve their own health.”

Australia’s exercise and active health body AUSactive has submitted a proposal to the treasurer ahead of the budget for 2024/25.

This could help to achieve longer-term health outcomes and the budget is expected to be handed down on May 14.

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