Are you eligible to receive the Schoolkids Bonus?
The Schoolkids Bonus is intended to help eligible families with the costs of education.
It is now administered by the Department for Human Services and replaces the Education Tax Refund.
From January 2015 the Schoolkids Bonus will be income tested. Eligible families and young people with an annual adjusted taxable income of $100,000 or less will be paid the School kids Bonus. There are some exemptions to the income test.
To be eligible:
- A parent or carer must receive Family Tax Benefit Part A for a dependent child under the age of 16 who is in primary or secondary education, or a child who is between the ages of 16 and 19 in full time study (or exempt from full time study) OR
- A primary or secondary student turning 19 years or younger in the calendar year receives certain government payments such as but not limited to Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY (Living Allowance) and Parenting Payment.
- satisfy an income test (applicable from 1 January 2015)
Unlike the Education Tax Refund, the Schoolkids Bonus system does not require proof of any expenditure and it is not linked to tax returns or tax assessments.
From 1 January 2015 eligible families will receive the Schoolkids Bonus in:
- 2 instalments of $211 for each child in primary school – a total of $422 each year
- 2 instalments of $421 for each child in secondary school – a total of $842 each year
In most cases, the Department for Human Services will have the relevant information regarding your eligibility including details of your child’s education.
However, if you believe you were entitled to receive the Schoolkids Bonus but did not, or you need to update your details, please contact the Department for Human Services immediately.
If you require assistance with the School Kids Bonus, or claims for the Education Tax Refund in the 2011 income tax year and prior, please contact us here. We will be happy to assist you.