What it is

A MES tells you the period during a financial year that you weren’t eligible for Medicare.

If you weren’t eligible, you might be exempt from paying the Medicare levy in your tax return.

You need the statement to apply for the Medicare levy exemption in your tax return. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will decide if you need to pay the Medicare levy.

You must get a new statement each year you claim a Medicare levy exemption. Just because you claimed the exemption before, doesn’t mean you’ll get it every year.

Read more about Medicare levy exemptions on the ATO website.

Page last updated: 21 October 2019