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  • Medicare levy exemption

    You may qualify for an exemption from paying the Medicare levy if you were in any of the following three exemption categories at any time in the financial year:

    • meet certain medical requirements
    • are a foreign resident
    • are not entitled to Medicare benefits.

    If you have any dependants, you need to consider theirs and your own circumstances when determining if you qualify for an exemption.

    If you qualify for an exemption, you claim the exemption through your tax return.

    If you are claiming an exemption because you were not entitled to Medicare benefits, you will also need to apply for a Medicare Entitlement StatementExternal Link (MES) from Services Australia. It can take up to eight weeks for you to receive your MES from Services Australia. The MES tells you the period during a financial year that you weren't eligible for Medicare. Therefore, you need to apply for an MES as soon as possible so that you can lodge your tax return correctly and on time.

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    Last modified: 29 Jun 2021QC 27035