Family Assistance - Using Reconciliation Top-up Payments and Tax Refunds to Offset Outstanding Family Assistance Debts 

What's New?

The Australian Government will use available Family Tax Benefit (FTB) top-ups and income tax refunds to offset existing family assistance overpayments.

Under the current reconciliation process, tax refunds and reconciliation top-ups are not used to recover family assistance debt incurred in previous years. Under this measure any monies remaining from a recipients' tax return or FTB reconciliation top-up will be able to be used to offset family assistance debt related to previous years.


Under current arrangements some families receive FTB top-ups or tax refunds even though they have not finished repaying family assistance overpayments from previous years.


1 July 2006.

Total Government Funding

$4.7 million over four years.

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