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Item 53 - Medicare levy reduction or exemption

From 1 July 2014, the Medicare Levy increased by 0.5% to 2%.

Complete labels A, B, C and D as applicable.

For information from the ATO refer to question M1 and M2 in the Individual Tax Return Instructions.

For the various Medicare levy exemption categories, refer to Medicare levy exemption on the ATO website.

Medicare levy surcharge

If the beneficiary’s share of the trust net income to which a trustee is assessed under section 98 exceeds either $90,000 (if single) or $180,000 for the family surcharge threshold (plus $1500 for each dependent child after the first) the trustee may be liable for the Medicare levy surcharge (MLS). See Question M2 in the Individual tax return instructions.

There is no ATO label to disclose the number of days. Therefore, you should prepare an 'Other Attachments' schedule to provide the relevant details.

Provide a statement on a separate sheet of paper showing:

  • the trust’s name

  • the trust’s TFN

  • the beneficiary’s name

  • the beneficiary’s TFN

  • the beneficiary’s share of the net income of the trust estate

  • the number of days not liable for MLS

  • the full name of beneficiary’s spouse, if applicable

  • if the beneficiary did not have a spouse for the full year (the period they had the spouse)    

  • the date from which the beneficiary had a spouse

  • the date to which the beneficiary had a spouse

  • if the beneficiary’s spouse died during the year

  • the spouse’s income for (Medicare levy) surcharge purposes, if applicable

  • the number of dependent children, if applicable

  • the health insurer identification (ID) code, if applicable

  • the membership number, if applicable.

CCH References

6-250 Rates of tax payable by trustees

2-290 Who is Liable - Medicare

2-330 Relief for Low Income Earners

2-335 Medicare levy surcharge

2-340 Exemptions for Prescribed Persons

2-360 Partial Relief from Levy

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