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.
Did you have a spouse during 2020–21?
Answering this question
If your spouse's income for any of the labels below is zero, you must write 0 at that item.
You will need details of your spouse's income. These can be obtained from:
- your spouse
- your spouse’s Tax return for individuals 2021 and Tax return for individuals (supplementary section) 2021 if your spouse needed to complete them
- your spouse's income statement or 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 Services Australia)
- 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 we use it 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 or not they need to lodge a tax return.
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 2020–21, complete this section with the details for your last spouse in 2020–21.
Completing your tax return
Print your spouse's name in the boxes provided on page 8 of your tax return.
Write your spouse's date of birth at K and print X in the relevant box for your spouse's gender (male, female or indeterminate). Indeterminate includes non-binary. Your spouse's gender is important for assisting us to correctly identify your spouse.
If you had a spouse for the full year, 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021, 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 2020–21 at M and N.
If your spouse died during 2020–21 and you did not have another spouse on or before 30 June 2021, 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 2021.
If you had a spouse during 2020–21, 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 2020–21 taxable income (excluding any assessable First home super saver released amount). 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:
- was bankrupt
- was declared legally incapable because of a mental condition, or
- was under 18 years old on 30 June 2021.
Do not include any amount already 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, and
- 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 2020–21 (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 2021.
At Q, write the amount of any of the following exempt pension income that your spouse received in 2020–21:
- disability support pension paid under Part 2.3 of Social Security Act 1991
- Youth disability supplement if your spouse received disability support pension
- 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 2021). 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 2020–21 (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 2020–21. Your spouse's target foreign income is:
- any income 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.
Your spouse's target foreign income 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, that is, the total amount of any payments or benefits that your spouse was required to provide to another person to maintain their natural or adopted child. Do not include 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 zero, write 0.
At F, write the superannuation lump sum that you included at k in worksheet 1 for item M2 Medicare levy surcharge 2021, if it was part of your spouse's taxable income. If this amount is zero, write 0.
If you do not consent to use part, or all, of your 2021 tax refund to repay any Family Assistance debt of your spouse, print X in the No box. You have finished this question.
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 assistance claimant on 30 June 2021 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 Services Australia).
- Your spouse has a Family Assistance debt due to Services Australia or expects to have a Family Assistance debt for 2021.
- You expect to receive a tax refund for 2021.
- 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.
Where to go next
- Go to Checklist – tax return 2021.
- Return to main menu Individual tax return instructions 2021.
- Go back to question IT8 Number of dependent children 2021.