Age Pension: is board and lodging assessed as income?

Will charging his children board and lodging affect Seth’s Age Pension?

Mature parents with adult daughter giving money

Seth has found the cost of looking after his children while they study is too much to manage on an Age Pension, so will charging them board and lodging affect his payment?

Q. Seth

I have three adult children who live at home while they attend university. When I was working they lived free but now that I’m retired, I have to reconsider this arrangement and I’m thinking of asking them to contribute towards their living expenses.

Will this be deemed as income by Centrelink and affect my Age Pension payment?

A. In general, Centrelink does not consider board and lodging from immediate family members as income, therefore, you should be able to receive contributions from your children towards their living expenses without your Age Pension being affected.

It may be worthwhile keeping a record of outgoings, as well as the contributions you receive from each child. That way, if Centrelink asks you to prove you’re not making extra income from your children’s board and lodging, it’s easy enough to prove.

You can find out more about renting a room or providing board and lodging by visiting HumanServices.gov.au

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    Jacka
    11th Jul 2016
    10:52am
    Seth,congratulations on having three children going to University. However, once you went on to the pension your children should have suggested and insisted on paying you Room & Board. charity begins at home. And why in heaven's name would you even consider telling Centerlink if you're children were paying you board. I'm not a scamer in any way but the way the government is treating pensioners these days you tell them the bare essentials. Wake up. Cheers Jacka.
    Bazbee
    12th Jul 2016
    9:53am
    Yep, keep it to cash under the table and off the books Seth. Things are tight enough for pensioners and most SFRs.
    *Imagine*
    11th Jul 2016
    10:55am
    Another example of how thousands of senior Australians are living in fear of "Big Brother Centrelink" poking its nose into family arrangements, to ensure that the poor pensioner is not getting 20 cents more than they should. Meanwhile our leaders are wasting money as if it is being dug from the ground. And some arrogant politicians believe that we have given them a mandate to spend money on themselves renting homes from spouses, helicopter trips etc etc
    Let's have a total senior income review NOW.
    jackie
    11th Jul 2016
    11:40am
    Full board and lodging, accommodation and meals in addition to breakfast. The proportion of the amount you receive that they assess as income is 20%. You have to keep all outgoing expense receipts and a record of everything. Australians should be demanding this for politicians' work related expenses.The more taxes a Government receives the less it gives.
    Hairy
    11th Jul 2016
    11:47am
    Tell them nothing.goverment havnt got the time to be worrying about pensioners they are too busy catering for Moslems and their children that's why there is no money for gov or pensions a disgracefull way to run a country.pollies should be ashamed
    Tom Tank
    11th Jul 2016
    12:09pm
    Why the comment about catering for Moslems?
    Back in the days when the boat people were arriving from Vietnam similar statements were being made about how they were being paid by the government and getting free cars etc. All of totally untrue just stirred about by the same people who are now stirring up about Moslems.
    The Government are too bust catering for their political donors, eg banks etc.
    Supernan
    11th Jul 2016
    12:40pm
    What a ridiculous statement about Muslims. All the refugees & immigrants are treated exactly like Aussies. If you see them being given furniture & clothes these come from their own ethnic group. Their own country men rally round them & help them out. Unlike the Aussies !

    The Muslims who were kept in Australia eceived a bill for the time they had been fed in detention. I met them in the course of my work & saw the bills myself being deducted from their wages.Some who came out of detention with $20,000 they had to pay back the Gov.

    Some who were release on temporary Visas also were not allowed to work & found it very frustrating to have to rely on Unemployement benefits when all they wanted to do was support their families.

    Why do you say these untrue things ?
    Bazbee
    12th Jul 2016
    9:36am
    It's the Hairies of the world who crawled from under their rock to cast their misinformed and bigoted vote for Hanson in the recent election. Apparently he/she's not worried about the thousands of Australians who fraudulently receive Centrelink benefits and the 100,000 or so illegal aliens (i.e. overseas backpackers whose travel visas have expired) in Australia at any given time.
    Jacka
    11th Jul 2016
    12:44pm
    What is a Moslem??? Is it anything like a Muslim. Please explain. Cheers Jacka.
    Supernan
    11th Jul 2016
    12:46pm
    Cannot believe that todays kids expect teir parents to support them through Uni & dont offer to pay a cent. So selfish. I paid board as soon as I got a job, even as an apprentice.
    KSS
    11th Jul 2016
    1:02pm
    They expect it Supernan because their parents have trained them that way.
    Radish
    14th Jul 2016
    4:15pm
    I paid board to my parents from the day I started work at 16.

    11th Jul 2016
    12:48pm
    Seth, have a look at what highly paid politicians pay for a subsidised meal at Canberra Catering Cafeteria AND what accommodation allowance they receive when they are away from ONE of their houses which they are not renting. Doing this little exercise may help putting you on track with our "equitable standards of living".
    Masonite
    11th Jul 2016
    12:59pm
    So the Muslims are to blame for insufficient money for pensioners. Well I have heard it all now. That must be one out of the Trump Book of Excuses. Bigotry is alive and thriving in Australia.
    Young Simmo
    11th Jul 2016
    1:05pm
    Sounds like Life Choices is turning into a mob of Muslim lovers, I didn't realise so many people like what they do to little girls.
    Tom Tank
    11th Jul 2016
    1:11pm
    Yet another misguided statement as what is done to little girls is not a Muslim act but a cultural one. To spell it out it belongs to a culture and is not related to Islam.
    Young Simmo
    11th Jul 2016
    1:19pm
    You can rattle on Tom Tank but, the end result doesn't change.
    Masonite
    11th Jul 2016
    1:28pm
    All of the pedophiles I have read about were Christian. This is not about loving or hating anyone. Its about saying truthful things instead of repeating One Nation nonsense. It used to be the Italians then it was the Vietnamese and now it is the Muslims. Bigotry blinds people. At the football yesterday the kids in front of me playing at half time were muslims with their birka wearing mothers as coaches. Not a bomb was detonated, not a child was mistreated and not a pension was stolen, but a lot of fun was had.
    Young Simmo
    11th Jul 2016
    1:43pm
    Yes Masonite, that is because we are in Australia, not a Middle Eastern country. Wait till they take over Aust like they are doing in England, then it will be different. The writing is on the wall.
    Adrianus
    15th Jul 2016
    11:43am
    Masonite,
    "All of the pedophiles I have read about were Christian."
    That is a classic bigotry statement .
    Bazbee
    15th Jul 2016
    6:40pm
    Frank,Masonite's statement is an unsubstantiated opinion and your statement is inaccurate so you've neutralised each other fortunately.
    Jacka
    11th Jul 2016
    1:57pm
    I'm with Simmo, ban the Burka and what's in it. Cheers Jacka.
    Anonymous
    11th Jul 2016
    4:08pm
    Me, too! Stop catering to a minority who does not WANT to assimmilate, wants their OWN laws in OUR country, and has a bad enough reputation to have an Australian criminal crime squad named after their global place of origin. Not really a lot of good going for these kind of people.
    marls
    11th Jul 2016
    7:16pm
    fast eddie
    good on you for stating facts
    Anonymous
    11th Jul 2016
    7:37pm
    Thanks, maris. If the people of this country don't stand up to this VERY vocal MINORITY and let the government know of how they feel about this MINORITY this 2.5% of the population will take over like they have in England, where English is now the second most used language. The GOVERNMENT MUST stop this with stricter penalties for lawbreaking and tighter regulations governing immigration and granting citizenship or we WILL lose our freedom and what we now know as democracy!
    Barbara Mathieson
    11th Jul 2016
    2:00pm
    Seth, I hope your children look after you also when you may need them later on.
    Renny
    11th Jul 2016
    2:40pm
    Thank you LNP. the bigots are out making comments that would have been unheard of 10 years ago. For a migrant nation some people are becoming quite blind to who they actually are. It's disgusting. Thankfully more speak out against the racist usually stupid minority.
    Anonymous
    11th Jul 2016
    4:32pm
    Things were a lot better ten years ago, and no one has said ANYTHING about a RACE. Wake up to yourself.
    bebby
    11th Jul 2016
    6:38pm
    Rennie, the election results surely must prove that there are many
    true blue Australians wanting their country back.,I am one of them.
    Bazbee
    12th Jul 2016
    9:46am
    bebby, the election only proved that you can fool some of the people all of the time.
    52-KID
    11th Jul 2016
    4:47pm
    I'm not so sure about the "board" and lodging. I am in the opposite situation where I pay my daughter and her husband. If I say it's board and lodgings, then they take 2/3 (I think) of that as lodgings and I'm entitled to rent assistance on that amount - it's also not deemed as income for my family. So I pay "logdings" only, and I get the benefit of the whole amount, and they don't have to declare the income. Not sure if it will work the same way for you. Best to check with Centrelink, rather than get into trouble.
    Good Luck !!
    Jacka
    11th Jul 2016
    6:06pm
    Hey Renny, we love Australia as it was. Why don't you and you're lot grab a Mussie under each arm and head off to the Middle East before you destroy any more of the Australian way of life.Cheers Jacka.
    Masonite
    11th Jul 2016
    6:49pm
    I love it, true blue Australians. Unless you are aboriginal, you are descended from migrants and they didnt invite you in.
    marls
    11th Jul 2016
    7:18pm
    masonite
    my grandchildren and great grand child are aboriginal and i can assure you they are also of migrant background. and i am born in italy with both my parents being italian. most aboriginals theses days are just as mixed as any other race
    tenner
    12th Jul 2016
    12:57am
    Maybe you should try and educate yourself, for starters the aborigines are migrants. Secondly you claim "All of the pedophiles I have read about were Christian." obviously you aren't very well read. Lets make a few other facts, moslems are demanding sharia law over Australian law, many moslems still practise multiple marriages and underage marriages in Australia as well as female mutilation, you're on the internet so google it and educate yourself as there are instances of it recorded in Australia recently. Moslems refuse to stand for our judges in court and remove their head dress all of which Australians are ordered to do and attack women and young girls without remorse, yet again you're on the internet and say its all christians so you can obviously read so instead of attacking those trying to protect Australia and Australians try educating yourself. There are many that to try and do the right thing but their belief system puts their religious ideals before anything else which does not stand with the Australian way and I know this first hand from my discussions with many of them. Oh and its burqa not birka, maybe you should look at yourself before you point the finger at others.
    Young Simmo
    12th Jul 2016
    3:43am
    An excellent comment tenner, you are obviously up to date with all the Bulldust, Muslims, Islams and Strange Middle Easterners keep throwing at us to keep all their FREEBIES coming. When I read about what is happening in England, I am just thankful that in 20 Minutes to 20 years I wont be here to witness the take over, of Aust.
    Mind you I do feel sorry for the coming generation having to ware the damage that is being caused today.
    Blossom
    11th Jul 2016
    7:48pm
    You could ask them to buy and pay for their own food and a share of the electricity account. They are not paying you money that way.
    Young Simmo
    12th Jul 2016
    3:45am
    Dream, Dream, Dream.
    But I do see where your heart is Blossom.
    B j
    12th Jul 2016
    9:30am
    Centrelink should butt out they don't need to know this you are only covering your cost,you never make any money from your kids.Also why do some people that comment on this site get completely off the subject & start going on about a particular race or something else?Please stick to the subject.
    Bazbee
    12th Jul 2016
    9:50am
    As usual, a discussion about Centrelink is hijacked by the regular bigots. One can only hope that they are ageing rapidly.
    Young Simmo
    12th Jul 2016
    10:45am
    B j and Bazbee, did you see the English Grand Pre on Sunday night I thought Daniel was unlucky, Oh darn, there I go again.
    Mamacrystal
    12th Jul 2016
    11:08am
    Here is a quote you may find interesting
    The first Muslim cameleers arrived at Port Melbourne on 9 June 1860 to join the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition. The extensive introduction of camels and their handlers proved to be a turning point in the exploration and development of the Australian colonies. Consequently, over the next 50 years, more than 2000 Afghan cameleers played a significant role in the Australian economy. However, the Muslim cameleers were rarely given credit for their accomplishments. Diaries and historical records confirm that several of the cameleers deserved recognition as explorers and vital members of scientific expeditions"


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