Ultimate tax guide

Imagine how much less fun New Year would be if you had to do your taxes at the same time? Boo!

Thankfully the Australian financial year ends June 30. We send your tax statements to the ATO for the financial year in the second week of July, so you can get cracking on your tax return then.

Your hospital cover info now automatically populates on your tax return

To make tax time easier, health funds now send all your health insurance info for tax purposes to the ATO for you. If you do your tax online or through an accountant, your info will be ready for you there. You don’t need to do anything.

Want your tax statement anyway?

You can access your tax statements at any time from Online Member Services. Navigate to Online Member Services → Details → Statements → Select person → Select Tax Statement.

Alternatively, you can call or email us this time next year and we’ll send it to you.

What the tax statement does

This statement shows the total amount you’ve paid for health insurance this financial year (along with any Australian Government Rebate that you’ve received as a reduced premium).

You’ll receive one for each main adult on your membership. Any adult dependants on your membership can use your statement for their tax return.

What info do I need for my tax?

From Peoplecare’s tax statement:

  • Health insurer ID
  • Membership number
  • Your premiums eligible for Australian Government rebate
  • Your Australian Government rebate received
  • Benefit code

From the ATO:

  • Tax claim code (tip: it’s not on any tax statement. Find it here.)

How do I read my tax statement?

Here’s How to read my tax statement on your Peoplecare tax statement.

What does it all mean?

  • Health Insurer ID: A code used to identify each private health fund. Peoplecare’s Health Insurer ID is LHM.
  • Benefit code: This code is for the rebate. It identifies the age bracket people fall into.
  • Your premiums eligible for the Australian Government Rebate: This is how much per person is eligible for the Rebate. The ATO takes your hospital and extras cover rates to get this number.
  • Number of days this policy provides an appropriate level of private patient hospital cover: This is how many days of the year you are exempt from the Medicare levy. If your statement reads 365 (or 366 in a leap year), then you don’t have to pay the Medicare levy. Yay!
I want my tax statement now!

Tax statements are now with the ATO and available in your Peoplecare Online Member Service. Get all the important details here. Details → Statements

I’m a bit behind with my tax paperwork. Can I get tax statements for previous years?

Absolutely! Log in online and you can get your three most recent statements. Any further back than that and you’ll have to give us a buzz and one of our Peoplecarers will be more than happy to email statements to you.

I’m on my parents’ cover. Can I get a rebate?

No, you’re fresh out of luck. Dependents can’t claim the Medicare rebate.

What’s the difference between the rebate and the Medicare levy?

The rebate is a government contribution towards your private hospital & extras cover, whereas the Medicare levy is a tax for people who earn over a certain income who don’t have hospital cover.

I’m freaking out. My statement says I paid $0 in contributions!

If you’ve pre-paid your cover to lock in the previous year’s rates, this year’s numbers will look a bit off. The key figure you’re looking at is Number of days this policy provides an appropriate level of private patient hospital cover. If the number matches the number of days in the year, 366 in a leap year, then you won’t have to pay the Medicare Levy Surcharge.

How do I get my Medicare Rebate?

For most of our members who choose to claim the rebate as they go, it’s done automatically. Their ongoing payments are reduced by the rebate amount. In any case, your statement will tell you the dollar amount of personal rebate you received.

I didn’t see my LHC Loading Statement. Does that mean I’m done?

These statements are mailed separately, and you’ll only get one if you have a Lifetime Health Cover loading. Once again, you can log in online to view this statement.

Why can’t you combine my LHC Loading Statement and tax statement into the one document?

I know right? We have rules to follow and at the moment the two statements have to be separate. In the meantime we’ll be shaking our fists at the skies.

When is the financial year?

It isn’t a dumb question. Different countries have different financial years. In Australia the financial year runs from 1 July to June 30 the following year.

I missed five days of hospital cover this year. Do I need to pay a full year’s worth of Medicare levy?

No, the levy will be calculated only on the days you missed.

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