10th Nov 2017
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Will a family loan reduce my Age Pension?
Will a loan affect my Age Pension?

Rosemary recently received a tax refund but is unsure if she needs to report it to Centrelink; and, if she loans her son money, will her Age Pension be affected?

Q. Rosemary
I wonder if you could tell me if my income tax rebate needs to be reported to Centrelink as income. I retired on 31 May and subsequently was given a full Age Pension the following fortnight, in mid-June. This rebate of $3300 was for the 2016–2017 tax year – earned before I was given an Age Pension. 

Also, to help my son with a house purchase, I will be lending him $15,000, of which he will eventually pay back $10,000. Will this affect my Age Pension? 

A. Your tax rebate information will be made available to Centrelink direct from the ATO. As a one-off lump sum payment, your refund will not be counted as income. However, depending on what you do with it, it may be considered a financial asset and deemed to earn income. You should contact a Centrelink Financial Information Services officer (FISO) to confirm your position. 

Under the Centrelink gifting rules, you can gift $10,000 each financial year, to a maximum of $30,000 over five years. Any additional amount you gift will be considered a deprived asset. Therefore, if you gift your son $15,000 this year, your assets will only be reduced by $10,000. 

Any loan you make to a family member is considered an asset until it is fully repaid, and therefore will have little or no effect on your Age Pension. However, you should always confirm your circumstances with a Centrelink FISO. 

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    Nerk
    13th Nov 2017
    10:08am
    Put under bed instead.
    Rae
    13th Nov 2017
    2:05pm
    Don't do it. If you are on the OAP recently you can't afford a loan to your son. Let him go to the bank or save the money a while longer. House prices will not rise much in the saving time. In fact they could very well pull back a bit and save him more than $15 000.
    Anonymous
    13th Nov 2017
    3:38pm
    I'd say "do it", but keep quiet about it. Family is important; banks are all bastards.
    niemakawa
    13th Nov 2017
    4:37pm
    And what if a financial gift (over the prescibed amount) is returned. Does Centrelink cancel the gift in the assets test.


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