Child Support & Tax Returns

Do you pay or receive child support? Are you exempt from filing a tax return?

Did you know that even if you are otherwise exempt, you may still be required to file a tax return in order to avoid negative impacts on your child support assessments?

You are required by law to file a tax return by 31 October 2020, unless:

You were in receipt of a listed Government pension, allowance or benefit for the whole of the financial year; and your taxable income for the 19/20 financial year was less than $25,575.

Advising the ATO that you are not required to lodge a tax return is not sufficient to meet compliance with this requirement. You must actually file a tax return.

Should you fail to do so, your child support will likely be assessed based on your most recent tax return plus an amount for inflation or two-thirds of the Department of Social Services’ male total average weekly earnings, whichever is higher. This could result in a significantly higher assessment of child support than would otherwise be the case.

If in doubt, file a tax return by 31 October 2020 to ensure you are not impacted by this little-known rule.

For more information about how your income affects your child support, visit


You can also contact Alex Mandry Family Lawyers Sunshine Coast on 1800 329 090 for assistance with any of your child support matters.

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