Give feedback and help New Zealand families

Animated image from Child Support Video on Inland Revenue site

The Government is proposing changes to the way Inland Revenue manages Working for Families and child support, and they need your feedback.

One proposal is to base Working for Families payments on recent income, instead of an estimate. This would make payments more accurate throughout the year.  As such you wouldn’t have to wait until the end of the year to find out if you had received the right amount of payments.

Another proposal is to base child support payments on more recent income from both parents, and to take into account all income earned. Payments would also be deducted automatically from the salary and wages of all liable parents.

These changes could help you have more certainty about your financial situation throughout the year. This is because you would know better what support you are entitled to, and what your payment obligations are.

The Government will consider all feedback before deciding how to move forward with changes. So it’s important that you tell Government what you think about these changes.

A summary of the proposals, two short videos and a quick survey are available in English, Cantonese, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Samoan, Te Reo Māori, Tongan and Vietnamese.

Go to and give feedback by 15 September 2017.