Take the right steps to apply for Medicare Entitlement Statements

Here’s what you need to do to claim the Medicare levy exemption.

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If you weren’t eligible for Medicare for all or part of the year, you may be able to claim a Medicare levy exemption in your tax return. However, you need a Medicare Entitlement Statement before you start your tax return.

Before you apply for the statement, make sure you check your eligibility for Medicare. You may have been eligible even if you don’t have a Medicare card.

If you were eligible for the whole year, you can’t get the exemption and may need to pay the Medicare levy.

You need to wait for your statement before you can apply for the Medicare levy exemption in your tax return.

To get a statement, complete the Application for a Medicare Entitlement Statement form.

You must get a new statement for each year you want to apply for a Medicare levy exemption. Just because you’ve had the exemption before, doesn’t mean you’ll get it every year.

If you send us the application between July and November, it may take us up to 6 weeks to process.

Next steps

To avoid application delays please make sure:

  • you provide certified copies of your documents
  • you provide a complete and signed form.

If you send us your application by email: 

  • check all supporting documents are in PDF and not password protected
  • you can include applications for different financial years in the same email.

Find out more about the Medicare levy exemption on the Australian Taxation Office website.

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Page last updated: 1 July 2019

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