Net medical expenses are your total eligible medical expenses less refunds from Medicare and private health insurers which you, or someone else, received or are entitled to receive.

If you are eligible for the offset, the percentage of net medical expenses you can claim is determined by your adjusted taxable income and family status.

What are the changes?

The net medical expenses tax offset is being phased out.

To be eligible for the offset this year, you need to have received the offset in your 2012-13 income tax assessment. Similarly, to claim the offset in 2014-15, you will need to have received the offset in 2013-14.

The final year the offset will be available is 2014-15.

This change does not apply if you have medical expenses relating to disability aids, attendant care or aged care. You will be able to claim these related medical expenses until 30 June 2019.

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