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Why is the effect of paying CS only considered with respect to the FTB in relation to the career entilted to CS

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I dont understand whythe legislation says the CSA must consider "the effect that any proposed change would have on the child or payee's entitlement to an income-tested pension, allowance or benefit"

It should say "the effect that any proposed change would have on the child or payee or payers entitlement to an income-tested pension, allowance or benefit"

My Husbands CS payments increase the amount of FTB we receive. The more he pays in CS the less the FAO caluclates his taxable income to be. Why is it that the CSA does not have to consider the cost to the community with respect to the FTB increases we receive due to him paying such high CS payments? My prefrence is for us to receive less FTB and for him to be assessed on lower payments - but wait this would mean the Mother would receive less monay - interesting that the legislations consider the Mother receiving higher payments from the Father; is saving the community as it pay less benefits to the mother….but this does not work in reverse if the Father is also entitled to Govt benefits???
I have to say that I don't understand why either, however my guess is that a) it's not that a common situation and b) that there is still likely a monetary gain as the increased CS payment nets half of that payment in reduced FTB (in theory) whilst the corresponding increased FTB payment is likely less than this. However as far as the CSA reporting the amount of FTB not paid, the top line masked by stating the money collected or transferred (simply divide this by 2 to get the FTB not paid), would not reduce as the increased FTB paid is outside of the realm of the CSA. The extra FTB paid would likely be a positive report on how well the FAO portion of FAHCSIA is performing.

So the benefit is double sided as both departments can report that they are doing a better job.

Note that my knowledge of FTB is very limited and I don't actually know how the calculations work, so I might well be wrong.
Thanks Mike, in our case the mother cannot receive any FTB as her new husband earns Squillions. We on the other hand have a combined income of $96,000 less $14,000 he pays in CS so our income is reduced to $82,000 combined and we receive FTB based on this reduced income. We are going to Court to Appeal an SSAT decision ,do you think it is worth raising this question, as the SSAT considered the effect of their decision on her Govt benefits (she doesnt receive any) but not the effect on ours - I think just for curiositys sake it would be interesting to ask the question of an appeals judge?
Krazyk,
        I doubt that the CSA, when reporting their topline, discern about such non-FTB clawbackable amounts (reason why they report money collected or transferred and let people then figure out the FTB saving). As for raising this matter in court, my guess is that it could perhaps give the impression that it is the amount that the other parent receives that is in question rather than the amount paid (e.g. it could be considered that you may perhaps be being vindictive). However if CSA have given the reason that something is otherwise proper due to the "any entitlement of the child or the carer entitled to child support to an income tested pension, allowance or benefit."  and that their is no such entitlement, then you may be able to contest this, however I think (I'm trying to get my head around this) that simply because it is not otherwise proper due to this reason, would not necessarily make it improper.

I suspect that the CSA simply adopt templates and that the worker may have left this bit in because a) it looks good b) I think it must otherwise be proper (so they have to say something on those grounds c) perhaps they don't even really understand that part of the template.

Note I have very little if any useful court experience so you really should seek advice from others, perhaps an SRL could say whether or not they could potentially assist.
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