21 Nov 14
On claiming the private health insurance rebate - the ATO responds
In 2014 TAXVINE No 42 (14 November 2014), Member 178 wrote about the ATO advice that there will be two different rebates to enter into taxpayers' returns for each tax year, the first from 1 July to 31 March, and the second from 1 April to 30 June. Member 178 wrote that this would not always be the case and noted: "Hopefully the ATO knows this?"
THE ATO NOW RESPONDS
"Thank you Member 178 for highlighting that some individuals will have only one line on their statement if they have only made payments before 1 April 2014 or after 31 March 2014.
Our message to tax agents was a short reminder about the more common scenario where premiums are paid before 1 April 2014 as well as after 31 March 2014. By making sure details from all lines are included in the tax return, it will avoid the potential for delays in processing those returns.
Please note that returns will only be delayed if there is a mis-match with ATO information.
Our more detailed web information is intended to cover a range of circumstances, including taxpayers with one, two or more than two lines (for example, they have multiple policies in the year).
More detailed information can be found here"