There have been a number of legislative changes (and confusion!) surrounding the invalid and invalid carer tax offsets and for exemptions from paying the Medicare levy and surcharge.
The Australian Taxation Office is concerned that a number of people continue to claim these offsets and entitlements incorrectly.
As a result, the ATO have announced it will collect information from the Department of Human Services for the following benefits and entitlements:
- family tax benefits – part B
- paid parental leave scheme
- carers’ allowance
- Medicare entitlement statements
The data collected will be compared with claims made in income tax returns for the invalid and invalid carer tax offset and for exemptions from paying the Medicare levy and surcharge.
The Tax office says, “We have been undertaking this data matching program for more than five years and intend to continue conducting this data matching program for a further three years.”