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  • Eligibility conditions

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

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    To claim this offset, you must meet condition 1 and condition 2. If you meet both of these conditions, go to Completing this section.

    Condition 1: Eligibility for Australian Government pensions and similar payments

    You meet this condition if you can answer Yes to any of the following in 2018–19.

    Condition 1 – Eligibility for Australian Government pensions and payments

    Requirement

    Do you meet this requirement?

    At Australian Government payments such as pensions and carer payments on your return, you included:

    • a pension or allowance from Centrelink, or
    • a pension, allowance or benefit from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA). 

     

    Yes/No

    You satisfied the Centrelink age pension age requirement and were eligible for an Australian Government age pension, but did not receive it because:

    • you didn't make a claim, or
    • you didn't meet the income test or the assets test, but you satisfy one of the following:  
      • you have been an Australian resident for age-pension purposes for either 10 continuous years or for more than 10 years, of which five years were continuous
      • you have a qualifying residence exemption (because you arrived in Australia as a refugee or under a special humanitarian program)
      • you are a woman who was widowed in Australia (at a time when both you and your late partner were Australian residents), you have made a claim for the age pension and you had two years residence immediately before your claim
      • you received a widow B pension, widow allowance or partner allowance immediately before turning age-pension age
      • you would qualify under an international social security agreement.
       

     

    Yes/No

    You satisfied the veteran pension age test and were eligible for a pension, allowance or benefit from Veterans' Affairs, but did not receive it because:

    • you didn't make a claim, or
    • you didn't meet the income test or the assets test, but you satisfy one of the following:  
      • you are a veteran with eligible war service
      • you are a Commonwealth veteran, allied veteran or allied mariner with qualifying service. 
     

    Yes/No

    If you:

    • answer Yes to any of the condition 1 requirements, continue to condition 2.
    • answer No to all of the condition 1 requirements, you are not eligible for this tax offset.

    Centrelink age pension age

    To be eligible for an Australian Government age pension from Centrelink, on 30 June 2019 you must be 65 years and six months or older.

    If you need help to determine your eligibility for a social security or Centrelink pension only, go to the Department of Human Services (now known as Services Australia) websiteExternal Link.

    Veteran pension age test

    To be eligible for a pension, allowance or benefit from Veterans' Affairs you must:

    • be 60 years old or older on 30 June 2019, and
    • meet the veteran pension age test.

    You meet the veteran pension age test if one of the following applied to you and you were eligible for a pension, allowance or benefit under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.

    • you have eligible war service, that is, service in World War II or operational service as a member of the Australian Defence Force
    • you are a Commonwealth or allied veteran who served in a conflict in which the Australian Defence Force was engaged during a period of hostilities that is, World War II, or in Korea, Malaya, Indonesia or Vietnam
    • you are an Australian or allied mariner who served during World War II
    • you are the war widow or widower of a former member of the Australian Defence Force.

    Pension, allowance or benefit includes:

    • disability pension
    • service pension, and
    • white or gold Repatriation health cards for treatment entitlements.

    If you are not sure whether you were eligible for a payment, go to dva.gov.auExternal Link or phone Veterans' Affairs on 1800 555 254.

    Condition 2: Income

    You meet this condition if you can answer Yes to any of the following for 2018–19.

    Condition 2 – Income

    Requirement

    Do you meet this requirement?

    You didn't have a spouse, and your rebate income was less than $50,119.

    Yes/No

    You had a spouse, and the combined rebate income of you and your spouse was less than $83,580.

    Yes/No

    At any time during the year you and your spouse had to live apart due to illness (see note below) or because one of you was in a nursing home, and the combined rebate income of you and your spouse was less than $95,198.

    Note: Had to live apart due to illness refers to situations where you and your spouse did not live together because one or both of you have an indefinitely continuing illness or infirmity, and as a result your combined living expenses were increased.

    Yes/No

    If you:

    • answer Yes to any of the condition 2 requirements, go to Completing this section.
    • answer No to all of the condition 2 requirement, you are not eligible for this tax offset.

    Rebate income

    Your ‘rebate income' is used to determine whether you are eligible for the seniors and pensioners tax offset.

    If you have a spouse, your combined rebate income is used to work out whether you are eligible for this tax offset but your own rebate income is used to work out the amount you're entitled to. Depending on how much income you have earned, you could meet the overall eligibility requirements and still not get this tax offset.

    Use the following worksheet if you want to know how to work out your:

    • rebate income
    • combined rebate income (if you have a spouse).
    Worksheet – Working out rebate income

    Row

    Calculation

    You

    Spouse

    a

    Taxable income

    $             

    $

    b

    Assessable First home super saver (FHSS) released amount

    $             

    $             

    c

    Take away the amount at row b from a.
    If the amount is less than zero, write 0 at row c.

    The result is your taxable income disregarding your assessable FHSS released amount.

    $             

    $             

    d

    Reportable employer superannuation contributions

    $

    $

    e

    Deductible personal superannuation contributions

    $

    $

    f

    Net financial investment loss

    $

    $

    g

    Net rental property loss

    $

    $

    h

    Reportable fringe benefits amounts from employers exempt from FBT under section 57A of FBTAA 1986 multiplied by 0.53.
    Round down the answer to the nearest dollar.

    $

    $

    i

    Reportable fringe benefits amounts from employers not exempt from FBT under section 57A of FBTAA 1986.

    $

    $

    j

    Add up the amounts from rows c to i.
    This is each individual's rebate income.

    $

    $

    k

    The amount on which a trustee of a trust was liable to pay tax in respect of your spouse because your spouse was under a legal disability, such as:

    • being an undischarged bankrupt
    • a person who was declared legally incapable because of a mental condition.

     

    N/A

    $

    l

    Add the amount from:

    • row j in your column
    • row j in your spouse's column, and
    • row k in your spouse's column.

    This is your combined rebate income.

    $

     

      Last modified: 26 Jun 2019QC 58822