Child support or private arrangements
If you get a regular payment for child support or voluntary agreement from IRD or through a private arrangement – you need to let us know. The amount you get will affect your benefit. If you don’t tell us we may not pay you enough. Or we may pay you too much and you have to pay the debt back.
If you get any child support payments from either IRD or from a private arrangement you need to tell us. This includes regular or extra voluntary payments.
Child support payments from Inland Revenue are counted as income if you get:
- a married rate of benefit
- only Accommodation Supplement
- Childcare or OSCAR Subsidy
- Temporary Additional Support or Special Benefit
- Supported Living Payment (caring for a person) as a sole parent
- extra payments under a voluntary agreement
How to tell us
The easiest way to tell us about your Child Support payments is online, using MyMSD.
- If you’ve already told us about your Child Support payments, they will show in MyMSD. If these change, tell us from the home screen.
- If you haven’t told us about your Child Support payments yet, you need to select ‘Declare wages’ and then ‘Change other income’.
You need to tell us:
- how much the payment is before tax
- when you're paid
- how often you get this payment.
Keep us up to date
If you don’t tell us, we’ll keep paying you the same amount week after week. This could be too little or too much, and you could get into debt. Tell us every time your income changes.