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#1 Tessied

Posted 03 February 2017 - 04:19 PM

HI all,

I cannot get a straight answer out of centrelink (three different answers) so thought i'd ask here as well.

My son has just turned 6 so I now have to report my earnings as I am a single parent on SPP.

I am self employed and make a variable amount.  The first lady I spoke to said I need to declare it as "zero" amount each time because it is not employer income and then they will just continue to go off my last tax return until the next one is due.

She also said I do not need to provide a P&L quarterly as I have been in biz longer than 12 months.

Yet another one said the opposite and then said "I don't think that's right" about declaring zero earnings.

Does anyone have any ideas???

Edited by Tessied, 03 February 2017 - 04:19 PM.

#2 Fresh Start

Posted 03 February 2017 - 04:37 PM

Firstly you should have advised of the business income from the time the business started (or when you started payments if you had the business running when you started in payments). The income should always have been assessed for its affect on your payment.

The change at 6yo is that all PPS customers have to report as they are now activity tested (look for work, study or work).

As to your question it is correct that you declare nil each fortnight as that is for income from employers.

If you have run the business long enough to have a full year in a tax return you should be providing that every year. The income from the last year's return will be applied as income for the next year.

If not you do a profit and loss every three months (search profit and loss in the website) and you should also fill out a Business Details form if you haven't already (it's on the website too).

If you do other work as an employee you would declare that when you report each fortnight.

Edited by Nasty Start, 03 February 2017 - 04:56 PM.

#3 Tessied

Posted 03 February 2017 - 04:43 PM

Yeah they already have my last tax return so are basing my SPP amount etc on that, which is fine.  

So it seems the second and third person I talked to had no idea as they seemed to think I should report my actual income each fortnight!

#4 Fresh Start

Posted 03 February 2017 - 07:54 PM

Yes the last two are wrong for self employed customers.

Its why self employed gets its own bit telling customers to contact in the Help section here

In your shoes I'd lodge a complaint about the incorrect advice from the last two. You can do it from within online services.

Edited by Nasty Start, 03 February 2017 - 07:57 PM.

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