Same Sex Relationship and 2010 Tax Refunds

In 2008, the government passed legislation to ensure that same-sex couples and families are treated the same way as other couples and families for income tax and superannuation purposes.

The legislation expanded key terms such as 'spouse' and 'child' to recognise the relationships of same-sex couples and their children.

These changes may affect the information that you need to provide in your income tax return and may impact on tax returs as follows:

  • Spouse rebate
  • Parent, spouse's parent or invalid relative
  • 20% tax offset on net medical expenses over the threshold amount
  • Medicare levy
  • Medicare levy surcharge
  • Seniou Australians Tax Offset
  • Pensioner Tax Offset
For further details fo to ATO site - Same Sex Relationships & Tax

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