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Child Support policy

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From: Anatoly Kern

Dear Inland Revenue Department,

I have an FOI request arising from "Briefing for the incoming minister of revenue" dated Oct 2017 and specifically the statement "Child support: we collected $468 million from over 166,000 liable parents who pay child support, and distributed $279 million to carers."

Minister for Inland Revenue, Hon Stuart Nash confirmed that the difference between the collected and distributed amount in a form of penalties was retained by the crown and clarified that further $666m of issued penalties were written off during the same period.

This pattern also confirmed by Sue Gilles Segment Management Lead Families, that during 2017/2018 $181m/$178m was retained by the crown (out of $459m/$463m collected).

So it is $279m distributed to parents while having $855m of penalties issued for $189m crown profit, meaning each family that got into this system pays close to twice as much under threat of several times multiplied penalties.

The request I have is

"What policy (Legislation, executive orders, management letters) does the department rely on in their actions to act in every possible way to increase child support payments to the level of inability to pay and profiting on penalty payments at the cost of broken families?"

Yours faithfully,

Anatoly Kern

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