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Medicare Levy

Got a note from the Australian Taxation Office to the effect that I haven't paid my Medicare Levy Surcharge.

In this country, the public health system is paid for by the Medicare Levy, 1.5% of your taxable income. Single people earning more than $50,000 (or married couples earning more than $100,000) who do not have private health insurance have to pay another 1.0%. Because the threshold is not indexed, more people than ever have to pay the surcharge.

The idea is to encourage private health insurance, and marriage.

Health Minister Tony Abbot says that the surcharge is one of the government's more successful policies. Well compared with the War in Iraq, Seasprite helicopters, and IT outsourcing, it may be.

I refuse to participate in this sort of exercise. Bill me.



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26th Mar, 2007 22:36 (UTC)
Defacto heterosexual couples qualify, too.
Daft policy, though.
27th Mar, 2007 08:47 (UTC)
Yes, that's right - both times. The Medicare Levy Amendment Bill (1997) defines couples using the definitions of the Taxation act, which does not recognise same-sex relationships.
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