TFN Requirements for SIFS

TFN requirements

SIFS cannot be paid until the individual applying for the payment provides a TFN statement (

If the individual is a member of a couple (1.1.M.50), or was a member of a couple at any time during the claim period, they must provide their partner's (and any previous partner's) TFN statement.

If the individual does not claim FTB, although they have a SIFS qualifying child (2.11.2), SIFS can still be paid if they (and their partner and/or any previous partners) provide TFN statements.

An individual is generally given 28 days to satisfy the TFN requirements. If they fail to provide a TFN statement their claim is taken not to have been made (i.e. the claim would be ineffective).

Declining to provide a TFN statement is not an offence, but the applicant's SIFS claim may not be effective or their SIFS payment may cease to be payable if a TFN statement is not provided.

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 65KB Tax file number requirement to be satisfied for claims for a past period

Policy reference: FA Guide 1.1.T.50 TFN definitions (FTB, SIFS, SBP), 1.1.M.50 Member of a Couple, 2.11.2 SIFS Qualifying Child, 5.1.3 Protection of Information

Last reviewed: 3 July 2017