30 Aug 13 More on Private Health Insurance problems
MEMBER 184 writes:
"The changes to the Private Health Insurance fiasco continue.
Out of all the codes they’ve created, there isn’t one for a partnered couple where each has a separate policy or even if, on the same policy, each is claiming their respective ½ share in their own return.
Don’t the ATO consider this ever happens? Well, I can assure them that it does.
The lack of thought in this whole area is absolutely amazing and, even more, disgraceful."
MEMBER 185 writes:
"I have clients who did not have to lodge last year (under the Senior Australians threshold) and only lodged a claim for imputation credits.
When they came in this week, I had referred to Tax Pack Instructions, page 6 (which says that they MUST lodge if they were entitled to a private health insurance rebate) and told them they would have to lodge due to the means testing of the Health Insurance rebate.
Today, eLink 33/13 has an article that includes a link to an ATO website page which now says (under the heading 'Do you need to lodge a tax return to claim the private health insurance rebate?') that my clients do not have to lodge a return if:
- their income for surcharge purposes is below $84,000 for singles and $168,000 for families
- they claimed all their private health insurance rebate from their health insurer as a premium reduction
- they have no other reason for lodging a return
So which one is correct, please?"