This topic explains how the maintenance action test can affect the reconciliation of FTB Part A.
For FTB recipients who, or whose partner, have children from a previous relationship and are entitled to more than the base rate of FTB under the income test, reconciliation must also take into consideration whether the maintenance action test has been satisfied.
For any period during the relevant income year when the maintenance action test is not satisfied, a recipient's entitlement to FTB Part A is restricted to the base rate in respect of the child(ren) for whom a maintenance entitlement exists.
The maintenance action test is satisfied during periods where the recipient or their partner:
Note: Where a recipient applies for a review of the reconciliation decision on the basis that they, or their partner, did not collect their full maintenance income they may have failed the maintenance action test unless there are valid reasons for them not collecting the full amount.
Policy reference: FA Guide 184.108.40.206 Summary of the Maintenance Action Test
Until 1 July 2009, recipients may choose to receive some or all of their FTB entitlement for the relevant income year through the tax system. In these cases, the statement made by the recipient on the claim will determine whether the maintenance action test is satisfied for the period, that is the subject of the FTB tax claim.
Last reviewed: 2 February 2009