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  • Spouse details - married or de facto 2017

    Your spouse includes another person (of any sex) who:

    • you were in a relationship with that was registered under a prescribed state or territory law
    • although not legally married to you, lived with you on a genuine domestic basis in a relationship as a couple.

    You must complete this section if you had a spouse during 2016-17.

    In 2016–17, did you have a spouse?

    No

    Go to Checklist - tax return 2017, or return to main menu Individual tax return instructions 2017.

    Yes

    Read on.

    If your spouse's income for any of the labels below is zero, you must write 0 at those items on your tax return.

    Answering this question

    Attention

    Warning:

    This information may not apply to the current year. Check the content carefully to ensure it is applicable to your circumstances.

    End of attention

    You will need details of your spouse's income. These can be obtained from:

    • your spouse
    • your spouse’s Tax return for individuals 2017 and Tax return for individuals (supplementary section) 2017 if your spouse needed to complete them
    • your spouse's PAYG payment summary – individual non-business
    • the relevant distribution statements, if any, for trust income and family trust distribution tax
    • if your spouse had child support obligations, the details of the amount of child support they paid (your spouse can get this information from the Department of Human Services)
    • if your spouse received foreign income, the details of the amount of foreign income received
    • if your spouse had financial investment losses, the net financial investment loss amount
    • if your spouse had rental property losses, the net rental property loss amount
    • if your spouse has claimed a deduction for personal superannuation contributions, the details of the amount claimed.

    Including your spouse's income is important as it is used to work out whether:

    • you are entitled to a rebate for your private health insurance
    • you are entitled to the seniors and pensioners tax offset
    • you are entitled to a Medicare levy reduction
    • you must pay Medicare levy surcharge.

    Seek the information required at this item from your spouse, whether they need to lodge or not. If you cannot find out any of the amounts required, you can make a reasonable estimate.

    You will not be penalised for an incorrect estimate if you acted reasonably and in good faith.

    If you had more than one spouse during 2016–17, complete this section with the details for your last spouse in 2016–17.

    Completing your tax return

    Step 1

    Print your spouse's name in the boxes provided on page 8 of your tax return.

    Step 2

    Write your spouse's date of birth at K and print X in the relevant box for your spouse's gender.

    Step 3

    If you had a spouse for the full year, 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017, print X in the Yes box at L.

    If you did not have a spouse for the full year, print X in the No box at L and write the dates you had a spouse in 2016–17 at M and N.

    If your spouse died during 2016–17 and you did not have another spouse before 1 July 2017, print X in the Yes box to the right of 'Did your spouse die during the year?' This information is used to calculate your M2 Medicare levy surcharge 2017 and T5 Total net medical expenses 2017.

    Step 4

    If you had a spouse during 2016–17, follow the instructions below. You must complete labels O to F. If you were unable to obtain the information about your spouse's income, provide the best estimate possible.

    At O, write your spouse's 2016–17 taxable income. You will usually find this amount on your spouse's tax return or notice of assessment. If this amount is zero or a loss, write 0.

    At T, write any amount of net income of a trust that the trustee was liable to pay tax on because your spouse was under a legal disability, for example, they were a person who:

    • is bankrupt
    • was declared legally incapable because of a mental condition, or
    • was under 18 years old on 30 June 2017.

    Do not include any amount that has already been included in your spouse's taxable income, for example, at O. If this amount is zero, write 0. Check the trust distribution statements.

    At U, write the total distributions to your spouse on which family trust distribution tax has been paid which they would have had to show as assessable income if the tax had not been paid. If this amount is zero, write 0. Check the trust distribution statements.

    At R, write the amount shown at N item IT1 on your spouse's tax return. If this amount is zero, write 0.

    At S, write the amount shown at W item IT1 on your spouse's tax return. If this amount is zero, write 0.

    At P, write the amount of Australian Government pensions and allowances that your spouse received in 2016–17 (not including exempt pension income). If this amount is zero, write 0. Australian Government pensions and allowances are listed at 6 Australian Government pensions and allowances 2017.

    At Q, write the amount of any of the following exempt pension income that your spouse received in 2016–17:

    • disability support pension paid under Part 2.3 of Social Security Act 1991
    • wife pension paid under Part 2.4 of Social Security Act 1991
    • carer payment paid under Part 2.5 of Social Security Act 1991
    • invalidity service pension paid under Division 4 of Part III of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    • partner service pension paid under Division 5 of Part III of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.

    Make sure you include only your spouse's exempt pension income. If this amount is zero, write 0.

    Do not include at Q any of the exempt payments listed at B.

    At A, write your spouse's reportable superannuation contributions. Reportable superannuation contributions are the sum of reportable employer superannuation contributions and deductible personal superannuation contributions (see D12 Personal superannuation contributions 2017). If this amount is zero, write 0.

    Step 1

    Add up the reportable employer superannuation contributions amounts shown at T item IT2 on your spouse’s tax return.

    Step 2

    If your spouse claimed a deduction for personal superannuation contributions at item D12 on their tax return (supplementary section), add the deduction amount to the result from step 1.

    Step 3

    Write the result, your spouse's reportable superannuation contributions amount, at A.

    At B, write the amount of the following tax-free government pensions your spouse received for 2016–17 (do not include these at Q above):

    • a special rate disability pension under Part 6 of Chapter 4 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    • a payment of compensation under section 68, 71 or 75 of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    • a payment of the weekly amount mentioned in paragraph 234(1)(b) of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004
    • a pension for defence, peacekeeping or war-caused death or incapacity or any other pension granted under Part II or Part IV of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    • income support supplement paid under Part IIIA of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986
    • Defence Force income support allowance paid under Part VIIAB of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.

    If this amount is zero, write 0.

    At C, write the target foreign income your spouse received during 2016–17. Your spouse's target foreign income is:

    • any income amount earned, derived or received from sources outside Australia for your spouse's own use or benefit that is neither included in your spouse's taxable income nor received in the form of a fringe benefit, or
    • periodic payments or benefits by way of gifts or allowances from a source outside Australia that are neither included in your spouse's taxable income nor received in the form of a fringe benefit.

    It includes any foreign income that is not taxable in Australia. You must include any exempt foreign employment income shown at N item 20 on your spouse's tax return (supplementary section). All foreign income must be converted to Australian dollars before you complete C. If your spouse's target foreign income amount is zero, write 0.

    At D, write your spouse's total net investment loss. Your spouse's total net investment loss is the sum of any net financial investment loss and any net rental property loss. The information and worksheets at questions IT5 and IT6 will help you to complete D. If your spouse's total net investment loss is zero, write 0.

    At E, write the total amount of child support your spouse provided to another person. The amount of child support provided is the total amount of any payments or benefits that your spouse was required to pay or provide to another person to maintain their natural or adopted child. However, you do not count any payments or benefits made or provided to you by your spouse unless you live apart on a permanent or indefinite basis. If the total amount of child support your spouse provided to another person is 0, write 0.

    At F, write the superannuation lump sum that you included at (k) in worksheet 1 for item M2 Medicare levy surcharge 2017, if it was part of your spouse's taxable income. If this amount is zero, write 0.

    Step 5

    If you do not consent to use part or all of your 2017 tax refund to repay any Family Assistance debt of your spouse, print X in the No box. You have finished this section.

    If you do consent, read below.

    Answer yes to this question only if all of the following apply to you.

    • You were the spouse of a family tax benefit (FTB) claimant or the spouse of a child care benefit claimant on 30 June 2017 and your income was taken into account in their claim.
    • Your spouse has given you authority to quote their customer reference number (CRN) on your tax return (if your spouse does not know their CRN, they can contact the Department of Human Services).
    • Your spouse has a Family Assistance debt due to the Department of Human Services or expects to have a Family Assistance debt for 2017.
    • You expect to receive a tax refund for 2017.
    • You consent to use part or all of your refund to repay your spouse's Family Assistance debt.

    If you consent, print X in the Yes box. You must complete your spouse's CRN at Z, and sign and date the consent.

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      Last modified: 25 May 2017QC 51141