Heres a funny story (although we're not laughing): The truth
Trust me CSA is dodgy.
I had a debt to CSA, which I admit purely my fault, my ex passed away and I gained full custody of my son, CSA continued to garnish my wages even after they had been informed and confirmed that my wife was deceased, and when I asked them where that money goes seeing as she is deceased I was told, they did not need to explain that to me.
Only after contacting my local MP was something done at which point my wages stopped being garnished, and I was sent a form to wipe debt, that still unfortunately leaves about $1,000 sitting in the governments pocket that they can't pay as ex's back account closed and they refuse to acknowledge when I became sole gaurdian, but oh well that's a government department for you.
I am bumping this up as it speaks volumes of the inequities and bias.
FACT sheet Self Employed Persons: Full accountability
If someone is illegal minimizing their taxes it should be the ATO that act and not the CSA.
The main point is the only information the CSA should get is the bottom line number and other information the law say they can have i.e FTB and net investment losses etc. They should not have access to the whole return or information on a new partner.
I'm in two minds about this. Completely agree that info about a new partner has no bearing, but I do know that there are many ways to reduce your taxable income when self-employed that do not always reflect your financial resources. Not saying all self-employed people do this, but many do. And let's face it - under our taxation laws it is the right of the tax payer to LAWFULLY minimise their taxable income.
58 Registrar determination of adjusted taxable income (1) For the purposes of assessing a parent in respect of the costs of a child in relation to a child support period, the Registrar may determine, in accordance with this section, that an amount that he or she considers appropriate is the parents adjusted taxable income for a year of income.
Note: The Registrar is required to amend an administrative assessment made on the basis of such a determination if the parents adjusted taxable income is subsequently ascertained or the Registrar makes a later determination under this section (see section 58A).
To my mind the biggest problem in developing a fact sheet will be having C$A establish standard procedures in dealing with self-employed parents.
This is the problem. CSA should be bound by the same laws we all are.
If they have a problem with an assessment the ATO should be the first stop towards sorting it.
Not some unaccountable agency that quite often make up their own accessment.
Is the CSA stating the ATO is incompetent.
That is the pot calling the kettle.
Why should people have to defend themself when every other dept. in the land considers they have done no wrong and yet the CSA can call them out to defend themself against questionable procedures without questions asked against their motives.