Schoolkids Bonus July payments have started

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The second installment of the Schoolkids Bonus is currently being paid to eligible families to help lighten the load of mid-year school expenses.

The payment, of up to $205 for each child in primary school and up to $410 for each child in secondary school, will be a welcome relief to parents who need to top up their children’s school supplies before returning to school for Term Three.

It is being paid automatically into eligible families’ bank accounts, so they have the money on hand when they need it.

As the Schoolkids Bonus replaced the Education Tax Refund in 2013, parents can no longer claim education expenses through their 2012-13 income tax return.

Mrs Jackson a mother of three from Sydney is planning to use the July payment towards winter uniforms and school excursions.

“For my children, the major school expenses are uniforms, excursions and annual fees. The July payment is indeed very timely and it will help me cover the cost of new winter uniforms and put some money towards the school excursions” Mrs Jackson said.

Families receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A, as well as young people in school receiving Youth Allowance, and others receiving certain income support or veterans’ payments are eligible for the Schoolkids Bonus.

Any families who haven’t received the payment by 18 July, but think they are eligible, should contact Centrelink.

To check whether you are eligible for the Schoolkids Bonus or to find out more, visit www.australia.gov.au/schoolkidsbonus

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