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    Default ? Can you claim ultrasound cost in tax return

    Hello ladies, I was just wondering whether you can claim ultrasound scan cost when you file your tax return?? I pais $150 for my 12th and 19th week scan and did get back $55 from medicare.

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    It adds into your net medical expenses for the year, so if you exceed the $1200 (or is it $1500 now??) then you are able to claim it yes.

    Have alook on the ato site for more detailed info, but basically if your out of pocket medical expenses (ie the 150-55 you got back) exceed the threshold amount in the year, then it goes in a section of your tax return. With a private OB and spending a small fortune on Zofran when I was pregnant, I went over.

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    Medical Expense out of pocket, yes.. you can. It's not actual $$$ back in your hand, it reduces the amount of tax payable by you and your partner (if you have one etc) It is currently 20% of anything out of pocket over the amount of $2000. So, for example, if you have only spent $1000 out of pocket for the entire year, you do not get an offset, but once you have reached the $2000 of out of pocket you get 20% back. This applies to scripts, Dr's visits, specialists, scans, xray or any medical procedure. It DOESNT over over the counter things though.

    ETA: If you have a partner that earns more than you do, put it on HIS return to reduce his tax payble, only if he has you as a dependant though, otherwise claim it on yours.

    Hope that helps!!

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    The $2000 is per family - so you should just claim on one spouse's return, otherwise you have to meet the $2000 threshold for each rather than as a whole family.

    Also, you can claim over the counter items if they were recommended by a doctor for a specific condition and were bought at a chemist. E.g. I can claim back Panadol Osteo which I buy at the chemist as it was prescribed by my orthopaedic surgeon.

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    Thanks for this thread Op! Does it all automatically come through medicare? Like does it come up in Etax? They keep all my receipts and I've only just realised it! And also would it be best for us to pay our Pregnancy Management Fee ($2k) Before the 30th?

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    I'm paying my mgmt fee this week at 18 weeks so I can get it back in my taxes this year.

    For all your Medicare expenses you just request your 'Medicare benefit tax statement' from Medicare (can do it online). You can also do this for your phi. For scripts, if you go to the same chemist for things you can get a printout from your chemist.

    I've just kept receipts this year for some non-Medicare claimable fertility treatments and non-prescription items from the chemist.

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    When DD was born, I went to medicare and got a statement from them about how much my out of pocket expenses were, you then include this with your tax return (I sent on to an accountant so not exactly sure where/how you claim) and you get a % back on your tax return.

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    Ohhhh this is soooo handy to know. Just adding up my out of pocket expenses in my head looks like I will just about wipe out any tax I have to pay which is fabulous!!!!!


 

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