What is the Medicare Levy Surcharge Exemption?

Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS)


Every Australian resident has to pay a Medicare Levy of 2% of their taxable income. You may also pay the Medicare Levy Surcharge (MLS), which amounts to 1%, 1.25% or 1.5% of your

  • Your taxable income
  • Your total reportable fringe benefits, and
  • Any amount on which family trust distribution has been paid

You may be exempt from the Medicare Levy Surcharge if your income was below certain levels. If your income was less than $90,000 and you were single without a dependent child or less than $180,000 in most other situations, you probably will not have to pay the MLS.


Income thresholds and Medicare Levy Surcharge Rates (2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2017-2018)


Tier 1

Tier 2

Tier 3

Single Households

$90,000 or less $90,001-$105,000 $105,001-$140,000 $140,001 or more

Family Households

$180,000 or less $180,001-$210,000 $210,001-$280,000 $280,001 or more

Medicare Levy Surcharge Rate

0% 1% 1.25% 1.5%

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