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Inquiry into child support reviews

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Inquiry into child support reviews

Parents for Children has launched an inquiry into Inland Revenue’s administrative reviews of child support. Administrative reviews enable departures from standard formula assessments.

“Reviews are held in secret and publication is prohibited”, said Mark Shipman of Parents for Children.

Shipman said this system is hurting parents and children and that review officers are inventing figures from thin air without any justification.

“The numbers of parents seeking help with administrative reviews has skyrocketed. Inland Revenue claims that it is a simple process, when in reality it is a complex area of law.”

“Parents, both mums and dads are being financially crippled by the decisions of these bureaucrats. Proposed changes to the Act will make the situation worse, not better.”

“Politicians have failed to hold an inquiry into the Child Support Act 1991 and mums, dads and children continue to suffer by the application of a crude formula based approach. Parents for Children has begun an inquiry into the administrative review process as the first of a series of inquiries into the Child Support Act 1991,” he concluded.

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