• Medicare levy adjustment

    A Medicare levy adjustment is not allowed where withholding amounts have been calculated using scales 1, 3, 4 or 5. The amount obtained using scales 2 or 6 (after allowing for any tax offsets) is reduced by any amount of Medicare levy adjustment applicable.

    When an employee is entitled to an adjustment

    An employee who has lodged both a completed Withholding declaration and a Medicare levy variation declaration, may be entitled to a Medicare levy adjustment if they have weekly earnings of one of the following:

    • $410 or more where scale 2 is applied
    • $692 or more where scale 6 is applied.

    To claim the adjustment, the employee must answer yes to question 10 and yes to question 9, and/or question 12 on the Medicare levy variation declaration.

    Calculating the Medicare levy adjustment

    To calculate the Medicare levy adjustment, your software package will need to be able to distinguish those employees who have answered yes to question 9 and no to question 12 on the Medicare levy variation declaration.

    Where employees have answered yes to question 12, the software must be able to store the number of dependants shown at this question on the declaration.

    You will need to calculate the weekly family threshold and shading out point (SOP) before calculating the weekly levy adjustment for employees with weekly earnings of one of the following:

    • $512 or more where scale 2 is applied
    • $865 or more where scale 6 is applied.

    Values used in the calculations may be regarded as variables.

    Last modified: 16 Sep 2016QC 50006