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Tuesday, 3 March 1998
Page: 273


Mr Tanner asked the Assistant Treasurer, upon notice, on 17 November 1997:

Is it a fact that non-custodial parents paying child support are deemed to be single for the purposes of determining whether they are liable to pay the Medicare levy surcharge if they are not privately insured; if so, on what basis can a person with substantial financial obligations be treated as single.


Mr Costello (Treasurer) —The Assistant Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

No. Non-custodial parents paying child support for a dependent child, are subject to a family income test to determine whether or not they have to pay the Medicare levy surcharge.

If the non-custodial parent does not have private patient hospital cover for themselves and all their dependants, they will have to pay the Medicare levy surcharge if the family's combined taxable income is greater than $100 000. The family income threshold increases by $1500 for each dependent child after the first.