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The Child Support (Pass On) Acts Amendment Bill has received Royal assent, passing it into law.  

The most significant feature of this Act is that, from 1 July, Inland Revenue will pass child support payments on to receiving carers on a sole parent rate of the benefit. 

Further features of the Act are that from 1 July 2023: 

  • Receiving carers on a sole parent rate of benefit will no longer be required to have child support through Inland Revenue (IR). 
  • The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) will apply new rules for treating child support as income for benefits.  
  • IR will share information about child support payments made to receiving carers with MSD. 
  • Parents paying formula assessed child support will be able to include their monthly liability as a cost when they apply for Temporary Additional Support from MSD.

More information

Child support changes from 1 July

Child support payment changes.

Work and Income

New law passes on child support to sole parents.

Child support pass on Bill introduced.

Tax Policy

Last updated: 13 Jun 2023
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