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Tax and Your Family

Tax and Your Family
Questions about family tax? Read H&R Block's FAQs for answers. If you can't find what you're looking for, call us at 13 23 25 today.
If you married during the year you may be eligible to claim a reduction in Medicare based on your income. You will need to know the income of your spouse before and after marriage. If your spouse has earned income during the year, they will also have to lodge their own tax return. On both of your returns you will be required to disclose information about the other partner so that any entitlements you may have to certain family tax benefits can be calculated correctly.

Some taxpayers may be eligible for the Invalid and Invalid Carer Tax Offset. If your spouse is genuinely unable to work because they are an invalid or they care for an invalid you might qualify for the Invalid or Invalid Carer Tax Offset. The invalid must be receiving a Government disability payment to qualify.

Contact H&R Block on 13 23 25 to speak with a tax expert to find out whether you are affected or not.

Since 1 July, 2009 the definition of 'spouse' has changed to include same-sex partners. If you are living in a domestic situation, in a relationship as a couple, you will be entitled to claim the same family tax benefits that can be claimed by partners in an opposite-sex relationship. If you pass the relevant income and age tests you may be able to claim an Invalid and Invalid Carer Tax Offset if your spouse is genuinely unable to work because they are an invalid or they care for an invalid (the invalid must be receiving a Government disability payment to qualify). Depending on your combined income you may also be entitled to claim a reduction in the amount of Medicare levy you pay. Any other tax benefits you may be entitled to will be determined on the basis of your income, not your gender.

To work out how much CCS you’re eligible for, the following factors are relevant:
  • your family’s income
  • the hourly rate cap based on the type of approved child care you use and your child’s age
  • the hours of activity you and your partner do.

The precise calculation is complex. You should visit the Services Australia website (https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/child-care-subsidy/how-much-you-can-get) for details.

The amount of subsidised child care you can access per fortnight applies to each child.

If your family earns $190,015 or less, you won’t have an annual cap on your subsidy but if your family earns between $190,015 and $354,305, Services Australia will cap your subsidy. This means they will subsidise your fees up to the annual cap of $10,655 per child each financial year.
You have 12 months after the end of the year to lodge your tax return so that the FOA can check that you have been receiving the correct amount. If you overestimated your income you will receive a top-up payment but if you underestimated your income they will require the over payment to be paid back.

For example, for payments received during the 2019-20 income year you will be required to lodge your 2020 tax return by 30 June 2021. If you have a partner their tax return will also have to be lodged by that date. Failure to meet the deadline could result in your payments being stopped and the repayment of amounts already received. If the tax office does not require you to lodge a tax return then you should notify the Family Assistance Office.

No. Maintenance payments are not tax deductible.

At H&R Block nothing is too complicated. We can assist you with any number of tax questions. Find an office near you and book an appointment online or call 13 23 25.

The Family Tax Benefit helps with the cost of raising children. It is therefore available for those who:

  • have a dependent child or secondary student younger than 20 years of age who is not receiving a Government benefit such as Youth Allowance
  • provides care for a child at least 35% of the time
  • meets an income test

This is the basic eligibility for the FTB, but if you would like further information, head to the Department of Human Services website.

At H&R Block nothing is too complicated. We can assist you with any number of tax questions. Find an office near you and book an appointment online or call us today on 13 23 25.