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Q T5 rebate for dental work

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I require clarification on Question T5 Individual Tax Return for 2016-2017

Is the rebate available for Dental repairs to teeth for a 75year old self-funded retiree ?

Does this qualify as medical aids or disability aids ?

 

As yet, I cannot get a sensible answer out of any of the ATO answering sites including complaints !

 

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Hi @rinken

 

I have done some research for you via the ATO website, I am not sure if you have had a look, Please see the attached link https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/tax-return/2017/supplementary-tax-return/tax-offset-questions-t3-...

 

You can only claim this offset if you had expenses that relate to disability aids, attendant care or aged care.

Disability aids are items of property manufactured as, or generally recognised to be, an aid to the functional capacity of a person with a disability but, generally, will not include ordinary household or commercial appliances.

Attendant care expenses relate to services and care provided to a person with certain disabilities to assist with everyday living, such as the provision of personal assistance, home nursing, home maintenance, and domestic services to a person who is blind or permanently confined to bed or a wheelchair.

Aged care expenses relate to services and accommodation provided by an approved aged care provider to a person who is a care recipient or continuing care recipient within the meaning of the Aged Care Act 1997.

 

From the information I have read it doesnt appear that dental work would be regarded as an expense that would come under expenses that relate to disability aids, attendant care or aged care.

 

If you would like you are able to put in a request for  whats called an early enagament, This area is able to give you:

https://www.ato.gov.au/taxadvice/ - This is the link the form.

Please note this is my personal view; I’m an ATO employee who chooses to help out here in my own time
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Hi @rinken

 

I have done some research for you via the ATO website, I am not sure if you have had a look, Please see the attached link https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/tax-return/2017/supplementary-tax-return/tax-offset-questions-t3-...

 

You can only claim this offset if you had expenses that relate to disability aids, attendant care or aged care.

Disability aids are items of property manufactured as, or generally recognised to be, an aid to the functional capacity of a person with a disability but, generally, will not include ordinary household or commercial appliances.

Attendant care expenses relate to services and care provided to a person with certain disabilities to assist with everyday living, such as the provision of personal assistance, home nursing, home maintenance, and domestic services to a person who is blind or permanently confined to bed or a wheelchair.

Aged care expenses relate to services and accommodation provided by an approved aged care provider to a person who is a care recipient or continuing care recipient within the meaning of the Aged Care Act 1997.

 

From the information I have read it doesnt appear that dental work would be regarded as an expense that would come under expenses that relate to disability aids, attendant care or aged care.

 

If you would like you are able to put in a request for  whats called an early enagament, This area is able to give you:

https://www.ato.gov.au/taxadvice/ - This is the link the form.

Please note this is my personal view; I’m an ATO employee who chooses to help out here in my own time
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To Tracy74 - Thank you for your reply but unfortunately it does not help

I have previously read all the suggested sites without satisfaction

 

My question is:  Do a number of heavily repaired teeth qualify as a 'disability aid' for a 75 year old self-funded retiree?

To me, without them I would certainly have a severe disability !

(and I would get rather hungry !)

Please note:  These repairs are NOT based on cosmetic dentistry !

 

Here is one reply from the ATO:

"Thank you for your recent enquiry. Your request does not meet the criteria of the Complex Issue Resolution (CIR) service as you have not provided an ABN or business name and have not advised that you are representing a client in a professional capacity."

Above information was them supplied

I require a reply by email as I do not use the telephone

 

Next reply was:

"Your complex issue form has been forward to the ATO complaints area to handle.  (no reply)

The information on the complex issues form is a general enquiry with regards to completing the income tax return (T5 tax offset).

I have been informed that you do not want to telephone the ATO.

I can inform that the ATO is currently trialling a new channel of communication for tax payers who do not want to telephone the ATO."

 

Next reply was:

"By using this new channel you will be able to have a written record of your discussions with the ATO and if the question you raise cannot be answered by the ATO Community Beta operator they will be able to send your question to the specialist area who will be able to research your question and provide a decision to you via the ATO Community Beta channel."

 

So here I am, still with NO official answer !

 

Please, I need an official Ruling !

 

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I have already done the early engagement with no answer !

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Hi @rinken,

Our Community can provide general information on tax and super - we don't have all the information about your circumstances that we'd need to provide an official ruling. We also can't guarantee it's safe to discuss your personal tax affairs on a public forum.

 

If you'd like written advice from us on how tax law applies to your personal situation, you can ask us to provide a private ruling. Private rulings are a free service we offer, and we usually get a response back to you within 28 days.

You can download a request form from our website.

Thanks,
@AmandaE
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