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1.1.D.100 Disbursement method (FTB)


For the purposes of FTB, under the disbursement method the individual's rate of FTB Part A is recalculated each time the monthly amount of child support they receive from Child Support changes. Consequently, the individual's rate of FTB can change every month. It is an alternative way of estimating the amount of child support (1.1.C.20) an instalment individual will receive during the relevant period (1.1.R.25).

The disbursement method is based on the amount of child support disbursed by Child Support. It can only be used for child support registered for collection by Child Support. The disbursement method cannot be used for FTB individuals who collect child support through private arrangements (private collect).

Policy reference: FA Guide 3.1.5 Maintenance action test for FTB Part A, Estimating maintenance income, Maintenance income - disbursement method

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