Crikey Worm

Apr 26, 2018

Crikey Worm: Medicare levy increase scrapped

The government have backed out of plans to increase the Medicare levy as part of a suite of new tax cuts. Plus, a 71-year-old Australian nun is being ordered to leave the Philippines.

Chris Woods — Freelance journalist

Chris Woods

Freelance journalist

COALITION SCRAPS MEDICARE HIKE

The Coalition government has withdrawn plan to increase the Medicare levy from July 2019, a 2017 budget proposal that would have raised $8 billion to help fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Treasurer Scott Morrison will formally announce the plans today as part of a preview of further income tax cuts in the 2018 budget. Morrison will also argue that added revenue from recent tax receipts, up $4.8 billion higher in February than he had estimated in December last year, mean that the planned levy increase from 2% to 2.5% is no longer necessary.

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