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Family Tax Benefit Part A and Part B

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What is Family Tax Benefit?

Family Tax Benefit (FTB) is a 2-part payment for eligible families to help with the cost of raising children.

The Family Tax Benefit is made up of 2 parts:

  • Part A — a payment made per child, depending on the family's circumstances
  • Part B — a payment made per family to give extra help to families that need it

What is Family Tax Benefit Part A?

Family Tax Benefit Part A pays a maximum of $191.24 per fortnight for children up to 12, and $248.78 per fortnight for children up to 19, if they are eligible. The amount you get depends on your income and the ages and number of children in your care. The payments can either be made fortnightly or as a lump sum at the end of the financial year to your bank, credit union or building society. Payments are made to a parent, guardian or an approved care organisation.

Family Tax Benefit Part A can also include a supplement at the end of the financial year after Centrelink balances your family assistance payments. If you are eligible, you may receive a supplement of up to $781.10 for each eligible child in the 2020-21 financial year, and $788.40 for the 2021-22 financial year. How much you get depends on how many children you have in your care, if you share care, your family’s income and the number of days you were eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A.

Family Tax Benefit Part A may also include:

For more information about what you can claim, visit Centrelink’s Payment and Service Finder.

Who is eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A?

To be eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A, you must:

  • Have a Family Tax Benefit child (FTB child) in your care. An FTB child must be aged 0 to 15 years, or be aged 16 to 19 and in full-time secondary education. They must be in your care for at least 35% of the time and not be receiving other benefits, such as Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY.
  • Meet residency requirements. You must be living in Australia and either be an Australian citizen, hold a permanent visa, hold a Special Category visa, or hold a temporary visa such as a Partner Provisional or Temporary Protection visa. The child must meet these residency requirements or be living with you. The payments might be affected if you’re outside Australia. New arrivals to Australia usually wait 1 year before they can get Family Tax Benefit Part A.
  • Meet an income test. You must lodge a tax return at the end of the financial year or notify Services Australia if you are not required to lodge a tax return within the 12 months following the end of the financial year. Services Australia usually works out your income using 2 tests and uses the one that gives you the highest amount. Any child support you receive will affect the payment.

To receive the payment, the child must also meet early childhood immunisation requirements and have a health check if they are turning 4.

To find out more about eligibility, visit the Services Australia website.

What is Family Tax Benefit Part B?

Family Tax Benefit Part B gives extra help to single-parent families, non-parent carers and some families that only have one main income. It recognises that you may not be able to work due to your circumstances or the age of the child.

Family Tax Benefit Part B pays a maximum of $162.54 per fortnight for children under 5, and $113.54 per fortnight for children aged 5 to 18 (the child must be a full-time secondary student if they are aged 16 to 18). Payments are made either fortnightly or as a lump sum at the end of the financial year to your bank, credit union or building society account.

Family Tax Benefit Part B includes a supplement of up to $379.60 per family For the 2020-21 financial year and $383.25 per family for the 2021-22 financial year, which is paid after you and your partner have lodged your income tax returns at the end of the financial year, or told Services Australia if you are not required to lodge a tax return.

You might also be eligible for:

For more information about what you can claim, visit Centrelink’s Payment and Service Finder.

Who is eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part B?

To receive Family Tax Benefit Part B:

  • You must have a Family Tax Benefit child (FTB child) in your care who is under the age of 13.
  • If you are a single parent, grandparent or non-parent carer, the child must be under 18 and must meet study requirements if they’re aged 16 to 18.
  • The family must care for the child at least 35% of the time.
  • The family must meet Australian residency requirements. If you leave Australia for more than 6 weeks, the payment may be affected.

The family must also meet certain income requirements:

  • If you are a couple with a youngest child who is under 13, or a grandparent or great-grandparent couple with a youngest child who is over 13, the highest income must be $100,900 per year or less. The payment will be calculated according to how much the partner with the lower income earns.
  • If you are a single parent, your income must be $100,900 per year or less.
  • You and your partner must lodge an income tax return or tell Services Australia if you are not required to lodge a return within the 12 months following the end of the relevant financial year.

You can’t receive FTB Part B while you’re receiving Parental Leave Pay.

To find out more about eligibility, visit the Services Australia website.

How do I apply for Family Tax Benefit?

The easiest way to claim is online. To claim online, you need a myGov account linked to Centrelink. If you don't have a myGov account or a Centrelink online account you'll need to set them up.

If you can’t claim online you can either:

For more information on claiming Family Tax Benefit, visit Services Australia.

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Last reviewed: September 2021


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