Private health insurance rebate changes looming

Published on February 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Income testing of the 30% private health insurance rebate starts on 1 July 2012. Essentially, singles earning over $84,000 per annum and families earning over $168,000 per annum will receive a reduced rebate that is less than the current 30% rebate.

The ATO says that it will calculate a taxpayer’s private health insurance rebate entitlement after they have lodged their income tax return for the 2012–2013 year. If a taxpayer has claimed too much of the rebate, the ATO says it will “recover the amount” as a tax liability by adding the amount to the tax bill. However, if the full entitlement was not claimed, the ATO says it will credit the amount to the taxpayer as a refundable tax offset.

TIP: You may want to carefully consider your personal circumstances in response to the changes. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

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