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    We get ftb and didn't declare income last financial year. Complete oversight until we did our tax return. The income changed how much ftb we were entitled to so we had to pay back the difference (ie we had received $200/ft but were only entitled to $150 so we owed the difference). I forgot to pay the bill. Forgot to call them. Eventually we got a letter from their collection agency who I then called and set up a payment plan. They were easy to deal with and understood. Please just call centrelink, it's not as bad as what you're imagining

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    When I was on mat leave and not earning, I called up and was put on parenting payment partnered. The reporting periods didn't line up at all, my Dh gets paid fortnightly, for the previous fortnight and the operator told me what I needed to do, just report what's on the payslip, it will all work out over the 12 months so For 2 years I did that exact thing.
    One day I get a letter, they've done an audit and I've been reporting incorrectly.
    Turns out I had a debt of about $10K.
    I was beside myself, and pregnant again. They were really great. They could see that I had reported exactly what was on the payslip and understood I wasn't a fraudster or intentionally doing something for financial gain.
    They told me any amount over $5K is immediately referred to the prosecution team who them assess you and your case and basically decide whether or not to go after you in court. Regardless of that, you must repay the debt. It took me 8 years to pay it back. I wasn't prosecuted, but I did learn that any time I talk to them, I ask for a reference number, and I write it down. There's been numerous times I've been told one thing and then another by two operators.
    Best of luck, I'm sure they will see you're not a criminal and it might be a small debt but they'll let you pay it off. Don't stress

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    Relax hun.

    I owe centrelink about 5k because I underestimated DH's income one year and got too much FTB paid to me. Ooops. No biggie though, they just take what you owe out of payments.

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    Ladies, your replies have made me feel a lot easier. I can't thank you all enough for giving me confidence.

    Well I did it. I was absolutely shaking in my boots and Mum held my hand while I called. Told them I had invoices I hadn't reported to them. They asked what job it was for so I told them the overseas job and then they lost interest in the fact that I'd been overpaid but started asking me details about my jobs. They determined I should have been declaring my income in a whole different way because they said I was a subcontractor!

    And I actually am but hadn't even realised this meant I can claim all the expenses I have for my various software and hardware I use for work at home and this takes away from my actual debt that I'd owe them because they only take your income after you've paid your expenses into account apparently!

    So he told me to get hold of some forms and send them in to them ASAP with my 'business' details and income and that for this sort of employment they average it out over the whole year. Which means that I've now got to ask accountant to help me sort that out but we are going to get an appointment to see her next week to make sure everything filled out correctly.

    Centrelink will then have to take all their records for all three of my jobs and the income I'd reported and re-structure it all!

    This could probably take weeks and weeks sort out from Centrelink's end as they can be really slow with such a big system to look after, but I'm feeling slightly better now that I've done the phone call and have a bit of a plan to sort out the next step. I feel it works also in my favour that I'm being proactive about ensuring they get their money back that was overpaid to me. And thinking also of asking my accountant if she will be a person who could speak to Centrelink on my behalf when sorting all this out and into the future because I feel like I just stumble and don't know **** when they ask me things half the time. And I didn't know anything at all about being a bloody 'business'!

    So part one - phone call made and next step accountant to start hopefully getting things sorted out.

    That doesn't sound like a criminal/fraudster no?

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    Hi ladies. We have organised my income with the accountant and are going in to Centrelink tomorrow to submit the subcontractor forms with my correct income for the year on them.

    Was wondering if anyone knows how long it would take to get a letter about the debt owing after submission of this paperwork?


 

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