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do CSA payments affect tax credits?

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AndThatsWhatIThinkOfYou Sun 02-Mar-14 16:26:05

just that really ex being an arse refusing to sort payments out amicably, and says "make a csa claim so your tax credits get knocked down I'd rather do that so you get less" (bearing in mind this is money for the kids hes wanting to take away)

can anyone help?

Meglet Sun 02-Mar-14 16:29:59

No, it doesn't affect them. Make your CSA claim and don't tell him it makes no difference.

Although I bet the tories are trying to come up with a way so it does hmm.

LineRunner Sun 02-Mar-14 16:31:54

A CSA claim makes no difference to your tax credits or your child benefit. Make the claim.

allnewtaketwo Sun 02-Mar-14 16:32:44

They don't, no. But of course any sensible way of making them count should of course be researched, it's money coming into the household after all

susiedaisy Sun 02-Mar-14 16:32:46

No it doesn't

AndThatsWhatIThinkOfYou Sun 02-Mar-14 16:51:21

thanks for your replys

Meglet Sun 02-Mar-14 16:54:27

But of course any sensible way of making them count should of course be researched, it's money coming into the household after all.

Why? The NRP's earning have already been taxed and lone parents are among the poorest households in society? What good would come of taking yet more money away from lone parents? And we've already lost a fair bit since the tories came in.

allnewtaketwo Sun 02-Mar-14 16:58:31

Take the following example

A) a PWC has a household income of £xk which includes CM. Gets tax credits which ignore the CM
B) a parent whose ex is dead receives the same income as parent A, but because parent B receives no CM, tax credits are lower than parent A. So parent B is worse off

Why should parent A receive higher tax credits than parent B?

allnewtaketwo Sun 02-Mar-14 16:59:22

Meglet not all PWCs are lone parents, by any means

Meglet Sun 02-Mar-14 17:18:46

Surely the problem is that tax credits are too low for parent 'b'? (I assume you mean parent 'a' has a new partner?)

Anyone who receives tax credits is hardly rolling in it. I earn peanuts (and we haven't seen XP in 5yrs) but I'm not going to worry about families on £40k getting tax credits and CM.

allnewtaketwo Sun 02-Mar-14 17:22:16

That's a completely different issue though, as in whether tax credits are in general too high or too low. It's a clear disparity in the system, same as any other.

DrCoconut Thu 03-Apr-14 23:23:46

Allnew is right. Some people get more in maintenance than others earn. Yet the low paid worker struggling gets less help in tax credits than someone who is sitting pretty with £££ coming in from an ex. It's really unfair and needs addressing. Other than some kind of disregard like there used to be with IS, maintenance should be counted towards benefit assessments. Then resources could be directed to those who dont get much and really need the extra.

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