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#1 ERipley

Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:02 PM

Can anyone answer a few questions about this for me?

When my son went to preschool they said we needed a CRN from Centrelink to apply for a child benefit a or b (don’t remember which). He already had one for whatever reason so I gave it to the preschool, they put it in their computer and it didn’t work, so they said we had to apply for a new one.

There was some drama and we changed preschools. The administrator there said you can just leave it until tax time and claim it all back. So we left it and paid the full fees.

I’m just wondering what we do now. Still apply for the CRN? Will we need that at tax time? How far back can we claim? Just the last tax year?

Thanks for any information. I really don’t get this stuff.

Edited by ERipley, 16 May 2019 - 08:03 PM.


#2 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 16 May 2019 - 08:57 PM

Do you mean Child Care Subsidy?
https://www.humanser...bsidy/how-claim

Edited by FuzzyChocolateToes, 16 May 2019 - 08:59 PM.


#3 Fresh Start

Posted 16 May 2019 - 10:08 PM

I think your old centre meant child care benefit which could be claimed as a lump sum after the end of the financial year.  

It no longer exists and child care subsidy can’t be claimed as a lump sum. However if he attended child care during the 17/18 financial year you have until 30 June 2019 to lodge a lump sum claim for child care benefit for last financial year.

If you want child care subsidy for the care he attends now you need to log in to Centrelink Online Services (via myGov) and claim it ASAP as there are very limited backdating provisions - up to 28 days at most.

You will not get a new number for your son but it will be activated for child care subsidy. It didn’t work for the old centre as you’d not claimed child care benefit.

#4 ERipley

Posted 16 May 2019 - 11:18 PM

 Fresh Start, on 16 May 2019 - 10:08 PM, said:

I think your old centre meant child care benefit which could be claimed as a lump sum after the end of the financial year.  

It no longer exists and child care subsidy can’t be claimed as a lump sum. However if he attended child care during the 17/18 financial year you have until 30 June 2019 to lodge a lump sum claim for child care benefit for last financial year.

If you want child care subsidy for the care he attends now you need to log in to Centrelink Online Services (via myGov) and claim it ASAP as there are very limited backdating provisions - up to 28 days at most.

You will not get a new number for your son but it will be activated for child care subsidy. It didn’t work for the old centre as you’d not claimed child care benefit.

Wow! Thanks for the help. We’ll get on it. Honestly, tax and finances is something my brain just refuses to deal with.

#5 SeaPrincess

Posted 17 May 2019 - 12:11 AM

View PostERipley, on 16 May 2019 - 11:18 PM, said:

Wow! Thanks for the help. We’ll get on it. Honestly, tax and finances is something my brain just refuses to deal with.
TBH, Centrelink and childcare benefit/rebate/subsidy is an entity on its own that few people can deal with. Throw in something like a childcare centre that doesn’t know what’s going on and it might as well be in hieroglyphics.




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