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As I read the self support amount it tells me that it is deducted from your adjusted taxable income.

This vary's from year to year in accordance to the CPI



In the findings from the SSAT they have done all the calculations of

Additional income

Bank interest

Private motor vehicle expense

Depreciation expense



That equals lets say $ 50,000

and they have stated that this is my Adjusted Taxable Income



Shouldn't the self support amount then be deducted from the adjusted taxable income?



Is this an Error of Law
Taylor,
         an issue may be that COA legislation allows various ways (10 as per 98S(1) of the CS Assessment Act) in which to determine how the determination is applied. There are no specifics as to which way should be applied in what situation. Perhaps the worst, most likely to be abused, is 98A(1(a)). This allows them to vary the annual rate, so they can simply apply a figure and thus disregard any self-support amount. I believe that the legislation should, at the minimum, map determinations allowed to when they can be applied. Here's an extract from the CSA guide which details the 10 ways:

The CSA Guide - 2.6.4: Kinds of change of assessment decisions said
The types of decisions that can be made


Where CSA is satisfied that a reason exists and that it would be just and equitable and otherwise proper to change an assessment it can make a decision to change the assessment. CSA can:

    vary the annual rate of child support (section 98S(1)(a)),
    vary the cost percentage for a child (section 98S(1)(b)),
    vary the parent's child support income (section 98S(1)©),
    vary the parents' combined child support income (section 98S(1)(d)),
    direct that the 'cap' on costs of children in the Costs of Children Table does not apply (section 98S(1)(e)(i) and (ii)),
    vary a parent's child support percentage (section 98S(1)(f),
    vary a parent's adjusted taxable income (section 98S(1)(g),
    vary a parent's relevant dependent child amount or multi-case allowance (section 98S(1)(h),
    vary a parent's self-support amount (section 98S(1)(i),
    vary the costs of the children (section 98S(1)(j).

If CSA is satisfied that a change should be made it must make a decision that changes the assessment to better account for the special circumstances of the case. CSA can then take into account any relevant factor to decide the appropriate level of child support (section 117(9)).

The CSA Guide - 2.6.4: Kinds of change of assessment decisions
Thanks Mike

When the csa/ssat work out your new assessment, do they have to show you how they have arrived at the figures that they determine to be your taxable income.
Taylor said
When the csa/ssat work out your new assessment, do they have to show you how they have arrived at the figures that they determine to be your taxable income.

According to section 98S(4) yes:

The Child Support Assessment Act said
(4)   The Registrar must give, in writing, the reasons for making the determination (including the reasons for which the Registrar is satisfied as required by paragraph 117(1)(b)).

However, I believe according to what I have seen, that rarely, if ever, is a comprehensive list of reasons for making the determinations provided.
Thanks Mike
The SSAT had shown there workings out in a seperate section of there documents.
The only thing I did notice was they had given me a self support amount of $ 20 594 and gave her a self support amount of $ 25 428.

Shouldnt this self support amount be the same for both parents.
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