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  • Before you lodge

    Before lodging your clients' tax returns you should:

    • consider residency and foreign income
    • use the pre-filling service
    • ensure work-related expense claims are correct
    • help prevent delays in processing by checking for common errors.

    Processing may be delayed if there are incorrect or incomplete details in your clients' returns.

    If your client is claiming the Medicare levy exemption they will need to obtain a Medicare Entitlement Statement from Services Australia before lodging their tax return. They need to complete this form each year they wish to claim the exemption.

    If your client does not qualify for an exemption, they will be subject to a Medicare levy of 2% of their taxable income. This applies regardless of whether or not they have private health insurance.

    In addition to the Medicare levy, your client may have to pay the Medicare levy surcharge. This applies is if they do not have the appropriate private patient hospital cover for any period during the financial year and they earn above a certain income.

    You cannot claim the net medical expenses tax offset in the 2019–20 and later income years. Legislation passed in 2014 abolished this offset from 1 July 2019.

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    Last modified: 27 May 2021QC 45696