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    I have worked damn hard for my 'benefits'. I would find it completely demoralising to say it's 'benefits day'. I don't think people realise how much of a stigma is attached to being on benefits. If someone asked me how much my income was, I would include my payments otherwise the amount would be $0 which is incredibly depressing to me.
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    I consider my FT as payment. I earn that money by staying at home full time and raising my children. The hardest, craziest, most amazing & rewarding job in the world IMO!

    whenever I state an income I always just say my husband earns.......
    I don't reveal centre link payments, generally because people never ask!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Degrassi View Post
    I don't include benefits because we don't receive any. We have one child, don't use childcare and our combined income doesn't qualify us for assistance.

    I consider our income to be whatever we get paid after tax.
    I am the same

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    I'm an accountant and always view income as taxable income. Some of the income sources mentioned on this thread are apples and oranges as you can't compare gross (before tax) earnings with net FTB or child support which net income.

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    I count DPs salary only when diacussing our income and expenditure because it's what we live off- we don't see anything else (currently my pay, eventually FTB).

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    Quote Originally Posted by beancounter View Post
    I'm an accountant and always view income as taxable income. Some of the income sources mentioned on this thread are apples and oranges as you can't compare gross (before tax) earnings with net FTB or child support which net income.

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    I usually say DHs income before tax, because I'd never worked out my benefits (ftb a and b) plus DHs income. All together it's around 46,000, so I'll say that from now on .
    We budget closely and live in a pretty cheap to live area so we can afford to pay off some nice things (my family also gives our kids a fair bit of clothing and furniture).



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarylee View Post
    I consider my FT as payment. I earn that money by staying at home full time and raising my children. The hardest, craziest, most amazing & rewarding job in the world IMO!

    whenever I state an income I always just say my husband earns.......
    I don't reveal centre link payments, generally because people never ask!
    I understand this point. However when I was a full time SAHM I didn't get any FTB. So does that mean I don't work hard enough? Because then this thought process would mean as my husband earns more the government thinks I work less as a SAHM then those whose partners earns less.

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    I think if we're going down this route then we'd have to include tax. I know the tax we pay far outweighs the tiny amount of FTB we've qualified for in the past.

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    we live off hubbys military pension and his part time work so that makes up our income.
    I get FTB which we dont include in our income as its not much and is used for incidentals..I dont get CS as exh and i have a private agreement which CL knows about


 

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