Grounds for Child Support Debt write offs

Anatoly Kern made this Official Information request to Inland Revenue Department

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From: Anatoly Kern

Dear Inland Revenue Department,

2020 annual report for IRD, under "Managing child support debt" contains the following phrase:
"We wrote off $249 million to encourage payments from customers and resolve historical debt."

Digging into the question of how CS IRD kills several hundred people every year I am interested in finding out how this 'encouragement' works and looking for the exact legal grounds for these write-offs on yearly basis, separately for main debt and penalties backdating to 2011.

E.g. section of the CSA (like section 180B, would be interested to see if there are any other of significant value really), amount of main debt written off under this section, amount of penalties written off under this section.

Yours faithfully,

Anatoly Kern

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