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  • Medicare levy variation declaration

    The Medicare variation levy declaration (NAT 0929) allows you to vary the amount withheld from your pay for the Medicare levy.

    You can complete this form by either:

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    Who should use this declaration?

    You should complete this declaration if you want to:

    • increase the amount withheld from payments to you to cover your Medicare levy surcharge
    • claim an exemption from the Medicare levy
    • reduce the pay as you go (PAYG) amount withheld that covers Medicare levy from payments to you
    • claim an exemption from compulsory Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), VET Student Loan (VSL), Student Start-up Loan (SSL), Financial Supplement (FS) or Trade Support Loan (TSL) repayments.

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    These instructions are current to 30 June 2020. You must lodge a new declaration if either:

    • you leave your current job and start to work for someone else
    • your circumstances change.

    If you give the wrong information, you may have a tax debt at the end of the income year.

    Claiming an exemption or varying the amount withheld

    Complete this declaration to claim an exemption from the Medicare levy or to vary the amount withheld for the levy if one of the following applies:

    • you are in one of the Medicare levy exemption categories
    • the combined weekly income of you and your spouse is less than $891 or, if you maintain a child or student, less than the relevant amount shown in Table A
    • you are a sole parent with a weekly income of less than $973 or, if you maintain more than one child or student, less than the relevant amount shown in Table A
    • you have to pay the Medicare levy surcharge and want to increase the amount withheld from payments to you to cover the surcharge (for more information, see Question 4).

    Also complete this declaration if you want to claim an exemption from HELP, VSL, FS, SSL or TSL repayments for a year because you are entitled to a reduction of the Medicare levy or you do not have to pay the Medicare levy, due to having a spouse or dependants and low family income.

    Introduction

    Most people in Australia have the Medicare levy automatically withheld from their wages. However, some people:

    • may qualify for an exemption from the levy
    • can pay a reduced levy
    • may have to pay the Medicare levy surcharge.

    Refer to Table A to check if your weekly income qualifies you to either:

    • be exempt from the Medicare levy
    • vary the amount withheld for the levy.
    Table A: Weekly income

    Number of
    dependent children

    Weekly income

    0

    $891

    1

    $973

    2

    $1,055

    3

    $1,137

    4

    $1,219

    5

    $1,300

    6

    $1,382

    7

    $1,464

    8

    $1,546

    9

    $1,628

    10

    $1,710

    Last modified: 20 Mar 2020QC 17088