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Should I include my former spouse's details in this year's tax return?

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Hi, my spouse and I have been separated since January 2017. She is living with 3 of our 4 children and getting family assistance from Centerlink. I have not paid any child support as she has refused. Should I include her and the 3 children when I am doing my tax return?

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Hi @Acacia,

 

Thanks for your question! If you had a spouse between July 2016 and June 2017, you'll need to complete the section on Spouse details in your tax return. If you don't have your spouse's financial information, you can use your best guess to answer the question.

 

We won't penalise you if you report information different to your former partner as long as we can see that you've provided a reasonable estimate.

 

We use information about your spouse and family to help 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.

If you've made a financial contribution to raising your children, they may be considered to be a 'dependant' for Medicare Levy Surcharge purposes. Children are generally only considered to be dependants if you are paying child support when they aren't living with you.

 

Hope that helps! Thanks, Amanda

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Hi @Acacia,

 

Thanks for your question! If you had a spouse between July 2016 and June 2017, you'll need to complete the section on Spouse details in your tax return. If you don't have your spouse's financial information, you can use your best guess to answer the question.

 

We won't penalise you if you report information different to your former partner as long as we can see that you've provided a reasonable estimate.

 

We use information about your spouse and family to help 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.

If you've made a financial contribution to raising your children, they may be considered to be a 'dependant' for Medicare Levy Surcharge purposes. Children are generally only considered to be dependants if you are paying child support when they aren't living with you.

 

Hope that helps! Thanks, Amanda