Our tax credits used for ex’s children

September 26, 2011

Me and my husband have 3 children living with us, two from my ex one child together. However we have been paying for my husband’s 3 children through csa and now they have reassessed the case and are now taking our tax credits, not working tax credits, we get for our household now in to account.

How is this when the case were assessed two months ago and it was never taken in to account then?

This is not fair as we get the credits to help with our household. The children’s parents get their tax credits for their household so its like they are getting double as they dont have to tell anyone what csa they get.

We are strugling to get by and i feel it’s our children (the nrp getting done over) they are now going to get a extra 750.00 a year from our family’s tax credits.



  • joanne shier says:

    It isn’t fair, I completely agree with you, I’m an nrpp too. I don’t understand how they can justify such lunacy but they make up the rules….if you are living in hardship I would complain to them, appeal any decisions if you think it is incorrect and then your local mp…do everything in writing or email to cut your costs in expensive phone calls. I don’t think people realise what is actually going on with regards to how the csa and cmec operate, they are clearly breaking human rights acts, every child has a right to a basic standard of living. Good luck x

  • Sarah Field says:

    Its really not fair, have a look at this group


  • j says:

    Fully agree with the responses on this thread and feel sure that there are human rights issues to be considered here. On the HMRC website in responding to the question ‘what are tax credits’? The HMRC say –
    “Tax credits are payments from the government. If you’re responsible for at least one child or young person, you may qualify for Child Tax Credit. If you work, but are on a low income, you may qualify for Working Tax Credit. You can often get both types of tax credits. They aren’t taxable.”
    Two points stand out here, 1. they are payments from the government, in other words they are not a ‘waged’ income. 2. they are not taxable. Both statements suggest that tax credits are a ‘hardship benefit’.
    I reckon someone should look at the clause in the human rights act that allows for the ‘quiet enjoyment of family life’ which the deduction of a hardship benefit seems to breach?

  • Lucy says:

    This also struck me as very odd when it happened to us……..child benefit was taken into account……..when we asked why, they told us that these benefits are classed as disposable income? Really? Why on earth do they give it to us then?
    The CSA is a flawed system at best. They don’t give two hoots about the children that are in your home……simply the ones that live elsewhere…..How can that be right?

  • chall says:

    When the new gross income system comes into force, it will not include any tax credits which are presently included in a non-resident parent’s net income.


    Is the case calculated under old rules or CS2 rules?

    Under old rules the Child Benefit is only considered to be income of the NRPP and is therefore classed as part of the household disposable income.

    chall ~ afairercasforall

  • j says:

    Lucy on September 16th – The CSA is a flawed system at best. They don’t give two hoots about the children that are in your home……simply the ones that live elsewhere…..How can that be right?

    Hi Lucy
    You kind of make my point about the human rights issue. You may get a better explanation of the ‘rules’ from others on here but my point is that the ‘rules’ also have to be legal. (and one would hope moral) It cannot therefore be right to cause hardship, distress and suffering to one child/family under the excuse of benefitting another child/family. We are guarenteed the right to the quiet enjoyment of family life free from oppressive intervention by the state (or state organ such as the DWP). Maybe a challenge in the echr is the only way to take on the csa/uk government on this issue?

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