Who gets what?

THE Rudd Government's special payments for low- and middle-income households and individuals include:

  •  $950 bonus to eligible taxpayers with a taxable income of up to and including $80,000.
  •  $650 bonus to eligible taxpayers with taxable incomes exceeding $80,000 and up to $90,000.
  •  $300 bonus to eligible taxpayers with incomes exceeding $90,000 up to and including $100,000.
  •  $950 bonus will be paid to one-income family with a single taxpayer of $100,000 to $150,000.
  •  A lump-sum payment of $950 will be made to people who presently receive:
  •  Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment for Farmers.
  •  Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment for Small Business.
  •  Interim Income Support for Farmers.
  •  Interim Income Support for Small Business.
  •  Transitional Income Support; or Farm Help Income Support.

The payments will be made in the fortnight starting March 24. These payments will not be taxable and will not be counted as income for social security purposes.

Back to school

THE Government's $950 Back to School Bonus will provide a one-off, up-front bonus to be paid to families eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A) on February 3, 2009 for each eligible child of school age (aged 4 to 18 on February 3, 2009).

Training and learning bonus

THE Training and Learning Bonus consists of two categories: Category 1. A one-off $950 bonus for recipients of: Youth Allowance (students and apprentices); Austudy; ABSTUDY and related payments. The one-off bonus will also be available to recipients of Sickness Allowance and Special Benefit (under age pension age).



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