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strang but true- CSA reconcoles income of payee without payer even asking....

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The payee has been making dodgy estimates for the last 3 years. I was under the impression that CSA does not reconciole the payee's actual income to their "estimate" unless the payer made a complaint. As I did not rock the boat, I kept my mouth shut and treated this as an "ace up my sleave" if she ever pulled a CoA on me.

To my pleasent surprise that have reconciled her estimated income to her 2011 actual TI (her tax 2011 return was lodged last week). My account was credited by several hundred dollars! I called the CSA and they said a new automated computer system was installed last month meaning both payees and payers are treated the same way. The CSA girl said that the old system was a manually based system of reconcilling income and (I think) that was the reason that payers were always reconcolled over payees.

In my case, the payees 2010 income still needs to be reconciled (her actaul was almost double her estimate for that year) but if the automated system does not pick it up then I will have to lodge an objection. The phone call was quite professional and she did not even ask me to "gift" my overpayment- actually she seemed to be very supportive.

Anyway, this new reconcilation system seems fairer as it treats both payee and payer the same way- and this is a step forward in building trust in CSA from the payers pouint of view.

 Anyway I though this email might be a nice change from the CSA horror stories on this website.
Ok, this is interesting. I wonder if this applies if when no actual estimate has been given, but the taxable income for 2011 is double that of 2012?
drhuge said
Ok, this is interesting. I wonder if this applies if when no actual estimate has been given, but the taxable income for 2011 is double that of 2012?
  I would say no - only estimates can be reconciled - in the situation you describe, the new higher income is taken into account from when the tax return is lodged
Ahhh thanks. Just when I think I have a handle on the system...it starts to get screwy again. Sigh...just a wee bit over this today. Thanks for the reply Seriously.
Anyway, this new reconcilation system seems fairer as it treats both payee and payer the same way

Ha, I find that hard to beleive, pretend accountants using an automated system

If only they would use an automated system for CoA, then we might all get a fair run…..I am seeing some distinct bias in the CoA process as well as the 4 month waiting period that C$A told me about last week.
Anyway, this new reconcilation system seems fairer as it treats both payee and payer the same way

I DID NOT WRITE THAT, SOMEONE HAS CHANGED WHAT I WROTE.

THE SYSTEM DOES NOT TREAT BOTH PARENTS THE SAME
BDouble said
If only they would use an automated system for CoA, then we might all get a fair run…..I am seeing some distinct bias in the CoA process as well as the 4 month waiting period that C$A told me about last week.
 
The COA process is completely biased to the imposition of higher payments in my experience and according to the Ombudsman. Possibly the use of KPIs based on collections to justify bonus payments has something to do with that…

Or perhaps it's simply that the failed lawyers they use as contract extortionists are simply aware that they are unaccountable and take some pleasure in screwing people over with no possible consequence to themselves. I'd be pretty bitter if I'd been such a failure in my professional career that I ended up in that role, I reckon.
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