Eligibility for Baby Bonus

If you or your spouse had a baby or gained legal responsibility for a child aged five and under — for example through adoption — on or after 1 July 2001 and before 1 July 2004, you may be eligible for the baby bonus.

The baby bonus is a refundable tax offset that an eligible person, usually the baby’s mother, can claim from the Tax Office. It can usually be claimed once a year every year until the child turns five.

This payment is not income tested.

The baby bonus claim, and any enquiries about the bonus, are handled by the Tax Office. Even if you did not pay any tax, did not have any income or do not need to lodge a tax return, you may be entitled to the baby bonus.

For baby bonus enquiries, call the Tax Office on 13 28 61 and press option two.
For further information and to use the baby bonus calculator, visit the Tax Office website http://www.ato.gov.au/.

Please note that the baby bonus should not be confused with the maternity payment, available from Centrelink. If you had a baby on or after 1 July 2004, contact Centrelink to find out about your eligibility for maternity payments.

(information supplied by ATO)

D Maynard
CEO My Tax Zone

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