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    Default Paid Parental Leave while on Carers Payment?

    Hi
    I have posted this is another section too so sorry if you have read this twice!
    I am currently on Carers Payment for my daughter but am about to have another baby. I am eligible (and been approved) for Paid Parental Leave as I have worked part time for quite a number of years.
    My question is, has anyone out there received Paid Parental Leave while still receiving Carers Payment? If so, did you declare your PPL as earnings for the 18 weeks? When I rang Centrelink the other day they were unsure at first whether I had to declare it as, even though it is a taxable income, it is not treated as income in calculating Parenting Payment and other income support payments (which apparently includes Carers Payment).
    She spoke to her supervisor who also investigated this and agreed. So in the end she said that I do not have to declare it as earnings. This seemed strange to me as it meant that financially I will be better off for the 18 weeks while on PPL!! She agreed it seemed odd but it was definitely accurate.
    Has anyone else been in this situation please??

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    I don't know about carers payments sorry but you absolutely have to declare PPL as taxable income.

    Centrelink employees blow my mind sometimes with their shocking advice that can get people in trouble!

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    Oh, I mean in your tax return though. Not sure if this is different to declaring your earnings for carers payments.

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    Thanks!
    Yes I know I have to declare in tax return as it is a taxable income but they said I didn't have to declare it as 'reported earnings' that would normally affect my Carers Payment.
    I just don't want to get a massive Centrelink debt if they have given me the wrong information, which I emphasised to them many times in our conversation!


 

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