Home | DSS | PM&C | Education | Employment | AGD | Contact us
SS Guide Contents Using the Guide What's New 1 Key Terms & Principles 2 Claim Verification 3 Qualification & Payability 4 Income & Assets 5 Payment Rates 6 Reviews, Debts & Payment Recovery 7 Portability & CFP 8 Administration Act Provisions 9 Visas, Entitlements & Assurances of Support 10 Australian Social Security Agreements 11 Income Management Acronym List Keyword Index Act Section Index Site Map

Print this page Print this page    

4.11 Taxable Income


This section contains information on:

  • taxable income (section 23(1)-'taxable income'),
  • taxable income for a person whose income has been assessed by the ATO, and
  • taxable income for a person whose income has NOT been assessed by the ATO.


Act reference: SSAct section 23(1)-'taxable income'


Taxable income

Taxable income is the amount of assessable income received, or gross income MINUS any allowable deductions.


Income assessed by the ATO

The ATO assesses taxable income and advises taxpayers of the amount each year on a TNA. This amount is used to assess taxable income for family assistance payment purposes.


Income NOT assessed by the ATO

If a person, or their partner (1.1.P.70), has not had their income assessed by the ATO, they may provide an estimate of their taxable income. Even when the income is below the tax threshold, currently $6,000, it is classed as taxable income and assessed for family related payment purposes.

Example: A person has a taxable income of $25,000 from employment. The person's partner has an estimated $4,000 income from investments. The partner would not have paid tax on the investment income as it is below the tax threshold. The income, however, is taxable and is added to the person's taxable income, resulting in a combined taxable income of $29,000.


Last reviewed: 1 July 2010


Page Url: ../../ssg/ssguide-4/ssguide-4.11.html
Last Edited: 06/07/2012 10:35:32 AM

© Commonwealth of Australia, 2014 All rights reserved