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5 Australian Government allowances and payments 2016

Complete question 5 to declare allowances and payments received from the Australian Government.

Last updated 25 May 2016

This question is about the following Australian Government payments:

  • Newstart Allowance
  • Youth Allowance
  • Austudy payment
  • parenting payment (partnered)
  • partner allowance
  • sickness allowance
  • special benefit
  • widow allowance
  • farm household allowance
  • an education payment of any of the following when you were 16 years old or older
    • ABSTUDY living allowance
    • payment under the Veterans' Children Education Scheme
    • payment under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Education and Training Scheme 2004, shown as 'MRCA Education Allowance' on your PAYG payment summary - individual non-business
  • other taxable Commonwealth education or training payments shown on your payment summary
  • an income support component from a Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) shown as 'Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) payments' on your PAYG payment summary - individual non-business
  • a CDEP scheme participant supplement
  • disaster recovery allowance.

Do not include any Australian Government allowances and payments that are not taxable, show these at IT3 Tax-free government pensions 2016; see Amounts that you do not pay tax on 2016.

Do not include any parental leave payments or dad and partner payments; show these at 1 Salary or wages 2016.

Interim income support payments are not reported as separate amounts on Centrelink PAYG payment summaries, but are included in the total amount reported for emergency and general assistance payments. If you received these payments you will need a letter from Centrelink notifying you of the amount of interim income support payment you have received. Show the amount at this item in order to get the correct tax offset.

Show at 24 Other income 2016 the balance of the amount for emergency and general assistance payments shown on your Centrelink PAYG payment summary.

Record keeping

Keep all statements and payment summaries with your records.

Beneficiary tax offset

You may be entitled to a tax offset on this income.

Tax offsets reduce the amount of tax you have to pay.

If you received one or more of the payments listed above, you may be entitled to a beneficiary tax offset. You do not have to work out your tax offset. We work it out for you from the answers you give at this item. If you want to work out your beneficiary tax offset, you can use the beneficiary tax offset calculator at

If you are eligible for both the Seniors and pensioners tax offset and the Beneficiary tax offset, you are entitled to receive only one of these offsets. We will work out which one gives you the highest tax offset.

Did you receive any of these payments?


Go to question 6 Australian Government pensions and allowances 2016, or return to main menu Individual tax return instructions 2016.


Read below.

Answering this question

You will need:

  • your PAYG payment summary - individual non-business, or
  • a letter from the agency that paid your allowance or payment stating the amount you received.

If you have not received this information or you have lost it, contact the agency that paid you.

Completing your tax return

Step 1

Add up the tax withheld shown on each of your payment summaries and letters.

Write the total under Tax withheld at the left of A item 5.

Step 2

Add up the income shown on each of your payment summaries and letters.

Write the total at A item 5.

Helpful hint

If you prepare your tax return online using myTax, you can use the pre-filling service to download these payments directly to your tax return.

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