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CSA - Why do they do whatever they want??

I seem to be copping the the raw deal with CSA and I am looking for some advice as to what I can do. Basically details are as follows:

Ex's taxable income ending July 2010 was declared at $30,000. CSA lifted it by $5,000 due to evidence of undeclared income by the ex. (CSA working off higher taxable income than ATO but don't advise ATO of evidence…?). Based on this number I was assessed to pay child support from July 2010 to December 2011 was her income at $35,000.

Then two weeks ago, CSA send a change of assesment letter stating her income for Financial year ending June 2011 was $85,000 so they reassessed the child support going forward at this rate, a reasonable drop income. Then one week later I get another letter from CSA saying her 2012 income will be calculated at $50,000 rather than the $85,000 earnt last year. So they appear to be completely ignoring her declared higher income in twelve months when calculating child support.

So one year they base child support looking back on a low number and then the next year base it on looking forward on a low number but skip the actual higher number in the middle. How is this just or fair? What can be done about it?

Last edit: by Lamson

Object and demand that they reconcile her income with her estimates.
From the information provided, they have been reconciling the income with the estimates, and accepting another estimate.  All perfectly legitimate.
Eclipse,

May be "legitimate" by CSA (screw the payer where possible) standards but it is not fair and just to completely ignore the year where her income was substantially higher.

I believe if this matter was about centrelink benefit rather than parent to parent child support, they would be requesting a repayment by the client….?
I can relate to this.  The PAYEE can earn extra income or get a lump sum doing the 'estimate period' and the CSA will NEVER reconcole the actual income to estimate. The following year, the PAYEE may have a $150K job but 'estimate' $90K thus increasing my liability to her. If I complain then I am liable to get a CoA from her just out of spite. The only good news is that there is no statute of limations on reconciling estimates. Some years down the track I will get my reconcilation when child is 16 or so. The 'estimate' system is an absolute joke and lets the PAYEE get away with palying the system knowing that CSA will not reconcile 'under-estimated' income.
Thanks Familyman,

So that leads me to two more questions:

1. If the payer underestimates their income and it actually comes in higher does CSA reconcile and say the payer owes more child support to the payee?



2. If this situation involved centrelink and the payee underestimated their income, would centrelink request the addtional money they payed be payed back by the payee?
Lamson said
Thanks Familyman,

So that leads me to two more questions:

1. If the payer underestimates their income and it actually comes in higher does CSA reconcile and say the payer owes more child support to the payee?



2. If this situation involved centrelink and the payee underestimated their income, would centrelink request the addtional money they payed be payed back by the payee?
 
1. yes
2. yes
Yes I am speaking frpm experience-



If PAYER underestimates then God help you- the CSA will chase you to the edge of the earth to reconcile. If the PAYEE under estimates then it will sit it the system until to PAYER works out that they have overpaid. The CSA wont tell you. If you do call them they will try to get you to 'gift' the overpayment or say that you have to do a CoA (which is rubbish because it wont fall under any reason 1-8)

As for centrelink, different rules again but at least it fair- if ANYONE misrepresents their income then a reconcilation will occur.
Its a joke on how the CSA system works.
You over estimate and pay more and you cant get the CSA to reduce the amount but when you under estimate the CSA jump all over you and increase the amount.
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