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If you are an Australian tax resident and your spouse is a not an Australian tax resident but lodged an Australian tax return as a non resident due to working in Australia, do you have to pay Medicare levy surcharge if your joint income is over the threshold?

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Hi @Chrissy213,

 

Welcome to our Community!

 

If they're not an Australian resident for tax purposes for the whole of the financial year, they're exempt from the Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge (MLS). If you have a spouse or child that is a non-resident for tax purposes they are not considered a member of the family for MLS purposes - therefore their income woulld not count towards the threshold for MLS.


The MLS is in addition to the 2.0% Medicare levy and it's based on your income for MLS purposes. You can find the MLS rates on our website.

 

If they're Australian residents for tax purposes they may have to pay the MLS if:

 

You can check out our guide to Tax Time 2018: Completing the Medicare questions on your return for more information, or phone us 8am - 6pm, Monday to Friday to speak with an operator.

 

Thanks, JodieH.

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Hi @Chrissy213,

 

Welcome to our Community!

 

If they're not an Australian resident for tax purposes for the whole of the financial year, they're exempt from the Medicare levy and Medicare levy surcharge (MLS). If you have a spouse or child that is a non-resident for tax purposes they are not considered a member of the family for MLS purposes - therefore their income woulld not count towards the threshold for MLS.


The MLS is in addition to the 2.0% Medicare levy and it's based on your income for MLS purposes. You can find the MLS rates on our website.

 

If they're Australian residents for tax purposes they may have to pay the MLS if:

 

You can check out our guide to Tax Time 2018: Completing the Medicare questions on your return for more information, or phone us 8am - 6pm, Monday to Friday to speak with an operator.

 

Thanks, JodieH.

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