Peter Costello

Media Releases

Medical Expenses Offset - Dogs for the Guidance or Assistance of the Hearing Impaired and other Disabled Individuals

NO.044

MEDICAL EXPENSES OFFSET - DOGS FOR THE GUIDANCE OR ASSISTANCE OF THE HEARING IMPAIRED AND OTHER DISABLED INDIVIDUALS

I am pleased to announce that the Government will make changes to provide tax assistance to those hearing impaired taxpayers and other disabled individuals who are assisted by hearing or service dogs.

Payments for maintaining properly trained guide dogs for the visually impaired can currently be claimed under the medical expenses offset. The Government will broaden the list of eligible medical expenses to ensure that similar treatment is available for expenses incurred in maintaining properly trained dogs for guiding or assisting the hearing impaired and other disabled individuals.

The medical expenses offset provides assistance to Australian resident taxpayers and their dependants at the rate of 20 per cent of any net qualifying medical expenses above the threshold. The offset is available in addition to the 30 per cent private health insurance offset provided by the Government.

Contact: David Alexander
Office of the Treasurer
(02) 6277 7340

13 May 2003

View more media releases …

Latest News

Paris Diary

Peter Costello Paris Diary

Read more …

PPI - Rising Role of Sovereign Wealth Funds

Peter Costello Rising Role of Sovereign Funds Speech

Read more …

The Hole Truth

Peter Costello in the Daily Telegraph

Read more …

Videos

Video Screenshot

Watch videos …