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  • Amounts not included as income

    You may have received amounts on which you don't pay tax, so they aren't included as part of your assessable income. However, those amounts may be used in other calculations, so they are included in your tax return.

    The tax treatment of these amounts depends on whether they are classified as:

    Exempt income

    Exempt income is income on which you don't pay tax. However, certain exempt income may be taken into account when calculating the tax losses of earlier income years that you can deduct and the adjusted taxable income of your dependants.

    Exempt income includes:

    • certain Australian Government pensions, including the disability support pension paid by Centrelink to a person who is under age-pension age
    • certain Australian Government allowances and payments, including the carer allowance and the child care benefit
    • certain overseas pay and allowances for Australian Defence Force and Federal Police personnel
    • Australian Government education payments, such as allowances for students under 16 years old
    • some scholarships, bursaries, grants and awards
    • a lump sum payment you received on surrender of an insurance policy (for mortgage protection, terminal illness or a permanent injury occurring at work) where you are the original beneficial owner of the policy. Typically these payments are not earned, expected, relied upon or occur periodically.

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    Non-assessable, non-exempt income

    Non-assessable, non-exempt income is income on which you don't pay tax. It doesn't affect your tax losses.

    Non-assessable, non-exempt income includes:

    • the tax-free component of an employment termination payment (ETP)
    • genuine redundancy payments and early retirement scheme payments shown as 'Lump sum D' amounts on your payment summary
    • super co-contributions.

    Other amounts that are not taxable

    Generally, you don't have to declare:

    • rewards or gifts received on special occasions, such as cash birthday presents and gifts from relatives given out of love (however, gifts may be taxable if you receive them as part of a business-like activity or in relation to your income-earning activities as an employee or contractor)
    • prizes you won in ordinary lotteries, such as lotto draws and raffles
    • prizes you won in game shows, unless you regularly receive appearance fees or game-show winnings
    • child support and spouse maintenance payments you receive.

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    Last modified: 27 Jun 2019QC 31936