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  • Medicare levy reduction for low-income earners

    Your Medicare levy is reduced if your taxable income is below a certain threshold. In some cases, you may not have to pay the levy at all.

    The thresholds are higher for low-income earners, seniors and pensioners. If your taxable income is above the thresholds, you may still qualify for a reduction based on your family taxable income.

    You can use the Medicare levy calculator to work out your Medicare levy payable.

    Can I qualify for a Medicare levy reduction?

    In 2018–19, you do not have to pay the Medicare levy if your taxable income is equal to or less than $22,398 ($35,418 for seniors and pensioners entitled to the seniors and pensioners tax offset).

    You will pay only part of the Medicare levy if your taxable income is between $22,398 and $27,997 ($35,418 and $44,272 for seniors and pensioners entitled to the seniors and pensioners tax offset).

    You may still qualify for a reduction based on your family taxable income.

    If you do not qualify for a reduction in the Medicare levy, you may still qualify for a Medicare levy exemption.

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    Last modified: 27 Jun 2019QC 27031