The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. TheĀ information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. 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 (that is, 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

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