• # Income thresholds and rates for the Medicare levy surcharge

Once you determine your income for MLS purposes, you can use the Medicare levy surcharge income threshold tables to work out which MLS rate applies to you. The MLS rate of 1%, 1.25% or 1.5% is levied on your taxable income, total reportable fringe benefits, and any amount on which family trust distribution tax has been paid.

## Income threshold and rates from 2014–15 to 2019–20

Below are income thresholds and MLS rates that apply for 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19 and 2019–20.

Use this information to work out which income threshold and MLS rate apply to you.

Base tier Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 \$90,000 or less \$90,001 – \$105,000 \$105,001 – \$140,000 \$140,001 or more \$180,000 or less \$180,001 – \$210,000 \$210,001 – \$280,000 \$280,001 or more 0% 1% 1.25% 1.5%

If you have two or more dependent children, the family income threshold is increased by \$1,500 for each dependent child after the first child.

Example: Medicare levy surcharge for a single adult

Josh is 35 years old, single, and doesn't have the appropriate level of private patient hospital cover. In 2019–20, Josh’s taxable income is \$90,000.

When Josh completes his tax return, he also completes the income test section of the tax return and declares:

• reportable fringe benefits of \$20,000
• net investment losses of \$7,000.

Josh’s total income for Medicare levy surcharge (MLS) purposes is \$117,000:

• \$90,000 + \$20,000 + \$7,000 = \$117,000.

This makes Josh a Tier 2 income earner for calculating the Medicare levy surcharge.

The amount of MLS is only calculated on his taxable income and reportable fringe benefits. Although the net investment loss is taken into account when working out income for MLS purposes, it is not taken into account when working out the actual amount of MLS. In 2019–20, Josh’s MLS liability is \$1,375:

• (\$90,000 taxable income + \$20,000 reportable fringe benefits) × 1.25% = \$1,375.
End of example

## Income thresholds and rates for 2013–14

Base tier Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 \$88,000 or less \$88,001 – \$102,000 \$102,001 – \$136,000 \$136,001 or more \$176,000 or less \$176,001 – \$204,000 \$204,001 – \$272,000 \$272,001 or more 0% 1% 1.25% 1.5%

If you have two or more dependent children, the family income threshold is increased by \$1,500 for each dependent child after the first child.

## Income levels and rates for 2012–13

Base tier Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 \$84,000 or less \$84,001 – \$97,000 \$97,001 – \$130,000 \$130,001 or more \$168,000 or less \$168,001 – \$194,000 \$194,001 – \$260,000 \$260,001 or more 0% 1% 1.25% 1.5%

If you have two or more dependent children, the family income threshold is increased by \$1,500 for each dependent child after the first child.

## Income levels and rates for 2010–11 and 2011–12

2010–11 Tier 1 2010–11 Tier 2 2011–12 Tier 1 2011–12 Tier 2 \$77,000 or less \$77,001 or more \$80,000 or less \$80,001 or more \$154,000 or less \$154,001 or more \$160,000 or less \$160,001 or more 0% 1% 0% 1%

If you have two or more dependent children, the family income threshold is increased by \$1,500 for each dependent child after the first child.