Medicare levy exemption for low-income earners

Low-income thresholds will be increased to ensure low-income earners remain exempt from the Medicare levy. For the income year 2010/11, the threshold will increase as follows:

Couples – from $31,196 to $31,789
Singles – from $18,488 to $18,839

Pensioners below Age Pension age will also benefit from an increase to the income threshold, ensuring they do not pay the Medicare levy when they do not have an income tax liability. The threshold will increase from $27,697 to $30,439.