7.3.1.30 Capacity to Pay a Debt

Summary

This topic provides information on how a debtor's capacity to repay a debt (1.1.D.60) may affect its recovery. If repaying the debt will cause severe financial hardship (1.1.S.45), then the debt may be written-off.

Policy reference: FA Guide 7.3.1.10 Writing-off a Debt

Capacity to pay a debt

Unless recovering a debt will cause severe financial hardship, a debtor is considered to be able to repay the debt if it can be recovered using any of the following methods:

  • deductions from the debtor's FTB instalments, or
  • deductions from the debtor's pension, benefit or allowance, or
  • setting off FA against debt owed, or
  • using the debtor's income tax refund, or
  • setting off debts of an approved provider (1.1.A.90) against one or more child care service payments.

Act reference: FA(Admin)Act section 84 Deduction from debtor's FTB, section 84A Setting off FA against debt owed, section 87 Application of income tax refund owed to person, section 87A Setting off debts of an approved provider against child care service payments, section 95(4) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(b), if a debt is recoverable…

Last reviewed: 2 July 2018