Income test for Family Tax Benefit Part B

This income test for Family Tax Benefit Part B is updated on 1 July each year.

Family Tax Benefit Part B is for families (single parent or couple) in which the primary earner has an adjusted taxable income of $150,000 or less per year.

Single parent family

If you are a single-parent family with an annual adjusted taxable income of more than $150,000, you will not be eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part B.

If your income is at or below this limit you will continue to get the maximum rate of Family Tax Benefit Part B.

Two parent family

If you are a two-parent family in which your primary earner has an annual adjusted taxable income of more than $150,000 you will not be eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part B. This is regardless of the lower income of the other parent.

If the primary earner’s income is at or below this limit, Family Tax Benefit Part B will be assessed on the basis of the second earner’s income. Secondary earners can earn up to $5,183 each year before it affects the rate of Family Tax Benefit Part B.

Payments are reduced by 20 cents for each dollar of income earned over $5,183.

If you are the secondary earner and your partner earns $150,000 or less, you can still get some Family Tax Benefit Part B if your income is below:

  • $26,390 a year, if your youngest child is under 5 years of age, or
  • $20,532 a year, if your youngest child is 5–18 years of age

You and your partner cannot receive Family Tax Benefit Part B during a Parental Leave Pay period, but it may be paid after the Paid Parental Leave period ends.

We will automatically adjust your payments to avoid or reduce a projected Family Tax Benefit overpayment. This applies to you if you get your payment in fortnightly instalments.