I totally agree with the comment about supporting each other. Sahm's and work mums have benefits and negatives but at the end of the day we are all doing what we think is best for our family and the government supports us in both scenarios. Different support yes, but both are supported.
I can see what you are saying. But I have been working since I was 14, and I am older than you. I have contributed my fair share of tax, just like everyone else. I am under no illusions that if there was no FTB, I would not be able to afford to be off work. The flip side is, I actually don't want to be a SAHM, I really don't like it, I like working. But sometimes, life throws a curve ball and we end up where we didn't think we would be. So I am thankful for FTB.
Ftb increases are very little. Every couple of months it would go up maybe 80 cents or so. Without ftb and rent assistance I'd have to go back to work...or I should say stay at work. I just recently quit work cause after going back when my son was 15 mths old as I want to be a sahm for now.
Adding to my vent.. Just heard from a SAHM that she gets a $6000 tax return... She hasn't worked for 12 years... :/
I don't understand how you can get more tax back on free money then people who actually worked for theirs.
If she is partnered maybe she is referring to her partners tax return? Or she is just full of sh!t? because you can't get a tax return if you didn't pay tax in the first place!
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The way I see it is that I'm not currently working anyway, so will not be losing an income when the baby comes along. If I had continued working, the PPL would be to supplement the loss of income until I begin work again. It wasn't a factor when I had my child in 2003 anyway, I had saving for the short time I had off work. I feel that the 50% childcare rebate is fair as well because without working, I have no childcare fees. Childcare fees are a direct cost of working in the same way that buying uniforms is a direct cost of work and can be claimed back.
I fell pregnant with DS2 completely unplanned and unprepared - DS1 was only 9mths old and I wasn't even back at work yet. We relied on IVF for DS1, so it wasn't just a 'whoopsie' through poor judgement. My DH then left suddenly, leaving me with a $3k monthly mortgage, a 13mth old and another baby on the way. If it wasn't for the assistance I now receive while on mat leave as a single parent, I'd be screwed.
I'm the same as Beebs too....been working since I was 17, so 18yrs & I've never received money from the g'ment until I had babies. I've well and truly paid my taxes so deserve a bit of help when I really need it. In saying that, I have every intention of returning to work though, so this is temporary.
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