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Post #10566 by Nearth2002 on June 3rd 2008, 9:42 PM (in topic “OK..I surrender CSA wins!!”)

OK..I surrender CSA wins!!:

katie said
Nearth2002 said
 Long story short, I ended up with a "special case officer" who I had direct contact with - I have her direct office phone, mobile number and she is based in the city so have the option of face-to-face meetings with her.
 
 I also had a case officer from the Personalized Services Team. I mention that every chance I get because they are really useful in getting consistent treatment while things are being sorted.

Nearth2002 said
 It has sorted many of the issues out, even though I didn't get the ruling overturned….
 
 Sorry - mental fog day!

Are you saying that you were unsuccessful in getting the birth of your child recognized from the day he was born because you notified CSA after 28 days, or were you successful in sorting that but unsuccessful in other aspects?
 

Hi Katie, the process to get it overturned was so onerous it wasn't worth the effort.  However, our case was reviewed fully and was very well explained.  I felt at ease at the end of the process and everything has been going well for the past 5 months.  She also helped with getting my ex into mediation by chasing her up all the time as she is 'forgetful'.

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Post #10306 by Nearth2002 on May 29th 2008, 11:31 PM (in topic “OK..I surrender CSA wins!!”)

OK..I surrender CSA wins!!:

Saphire,

I had some major issues with CSA about September last year.  My son from second marriage was born quite sick and spent several weeks in intensive care.  I did not notify CSA within 28 days (it was 30 days) and then got hit by a claim from the ex at the same time.  I told CSA that there were extenuating circumstances but thye said I had to go through the full appeal process.

I wrote a full letter of complaint to then then minister of the federal parliament. Long story short, I ended up with a "special case officer" who I had direct contact with - I have her direct office phone, mobile number and she is based in the city so have the option of face-to-face meetings with her.

It has sorted many of the issues out, even though I didn't get the ruling overturned….

Good luck

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Post #9702 by Nearth2002 on May 18th 2008, 9:48 PM (in topic “How does the Federal budget affect income?”)

How does the Federal budget affect income?

So the Rudd government announced on Tuesday last, that all income is to be used in determining access to government benefits i.e. family tax benifit part B and other benifits.

It states that any salary sacrificed income into superannuation etc. will be included.  CSA currently uses your taxable income + any FBT to determine the income.

Will this now also include salary sacrificed items?

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Post #5397 by Nearth2002 on February 17th 2008, 7:57 PM (in topic “Reducing net income to have more money for my children”)

Reducing net income to have more money for my children

I have no confidence that all the money I pay in 'child support' is actually spent on my children.  Accordingly, I want to maximise the amount of money I have available to genuinely spend on my children.

I have been told that if I salary sacrifice into superannuation that this does not get included in my net income for CSA to derive my child support amount.

The reason I ask is because I also receive potentially very high bonuses (paid monthly), but if I include these numbers I have to pay a lot more, but if I don't hit my targets I can't get any kind of refund.

My work offers the option of salary sacrificing bonuses directly into superannuation and would prefer to do this rather than live with the uncertainty of always getting arrears notices.

Does anyone know the technicalities of this or be able to direct me to further information?

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Post #5396 by Nearth2002 on February 17th 2008, 7:43 PM (in topic “CSA Estimators/Calculators - The New Calculator”)

CSA Estimators/Calculators - The New Calculator:

So it is finally here!  

First of all, well done Mike T, your own calculator is exceptionally close to the CSA one, which actually gives me a bit of confidence that it is right.  Thanks for your efforts.

My case is fairly simple… 2 kids to the ex and 1 with my wife.  My payments will be dropping by $700 per month! to a high, but more reasonable number.

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Post #4739 by Nearth2002 on February 4th 2008, 4:51 PM (in topic “Yet Another 2008 Child Support Calculator”)

Yet Another 2008 Child Support Calculator:

Mike.

Is there a maximum income in the new calculator?

ie. In 2008 they don't take into account my earnings above ~$113,000.

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Post #3852 by Nearth2002 on January 9th 2008, 10:22 PM (in topic “Yet Another 2008 Child Support Calculator”)

Yet Another 2008 Child Support Calculator:

I spoke to my Special Case Officer @ CSA this morning and she said that they were running a bit behind, but the new Estimator (Calculator) was supposed to be ready now but they are running behind due to hold ups in the passing of the final legislation.  She said that it should be available in about 1 month.  She also told me March 08 for notification of assessment.

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Post #3835 by Nearth2002 on January 9th 2008, 2:31 PM (in topic “Yet Another 2008 Child Support Calculator”)

Yet Another 2008 Child Support Calculator:

Hi Mike.

It looks good and thanks for taking the time to write it up.

One small mistake I have found is that if you put in 52 days care (14%) it says that there is care reduction of 0%.

52 nights per year (14%) will actually get you the 24% reduction.

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