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Medicare Levy Exemption

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Hi All - does anyone know if when you're on a 457 with a reciprocal Medicare card if you're able to claim any exemption from the Medicare Levy? I've read up on the ATO website (says if you're not an Australian Resident you may be exempt) & on the Medicare exemption form (says you can claim if you don't hold a permanent visa - but there's a note that if you came from the UK prior to Aus then you may not be eligible).


Does anyone have any practical knowledge of this - has anyone done it? I would think that as we're temporary & hold reciprocal cards that in theory they'd charge the UK for any healthcare costs anyway - but I'm going round in circles now! :err:


We've got private medical insurance anyway so aren't liable for the surcharge but I'd like to find out about the standard medicare levy.


Cheers guys



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I think it is when you are a foreign resident but if you have been here all year and theoretically entitled to use medicare then you would not be able to get an exemption. They dont charge the UK for your medical care, they just offset that against any old Aussie who may have needed to use the system.



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Guest Mark X

That's right - the agreement between the UK and Australia is different from the Medicare levy charged by the tax office.


Basically if you are deemed to be an Australian resident for tax purposes (see here - Residency - overview) then you will be taxed a resident and therefore if your income is high enough will pay the medicare levy and medicare levy surcharge.


If you are not a resident for tax purposes, then it looks like you would be exempt - Medicare levy





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