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Centrelink warning: ATO needs to know about this payment

Australian currency and the Centrelink logo on the exterior of a building.
Anyone on Centrelink who received the Pandemic Support Disaster Payment will need to declare it as taxable income. (Source: Getty)

Centrelink recipients who received the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment (PLDP) have been reminded to report the payment to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

Services Australia said those on Centrelink who received the PLDP would not see the payment on their payment summary - and so, would need to be upfront with the ATO about having received it.

“If you get a Centrelink payment, PLDP won’t appear on your Centrelink payment summary,” Services Australia said.

“You’ll still need to declare PLDP to the Australian Taxation Office in your income tax return.”

You can check how much PLDP you got by viewing the letter either:

  • In your Centrelink online account through myGov

  • Through the post

Services Australis said if you received Family Tax Benefit or Child Care Subsidy, you must include PLDP in your family income estimate as taxable income.

If you have a child-support assessment, the payment will form part of your adjusted taxable income for Child Support.

You must include it in any income estimate you lodge for the 2020-21 financial year.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment provided money to Aussies who were not able to work due to being in COVID-19 isolation.

How much money a person received was dependent on the amount of hours of work lost.

For each seven-day period of self-isolation, quarantine or caring, a person could receive:

  • $450 if they lost at least 8 hours or a full day’s work, and fewer than 20 hours of work

  • $750 if they lost 20 hours or more of work

If a person lost fewer than eight hours or a full day’s work during the seven-day period of self-isolation, quarantine or caring, they were not eligible for the payment.

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