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The first place to go is back to discuss this with IRD. They have a process where if your income has dropped by more than 15% from the amount you were assessed on, you can estimate your income, and they make a new assessment. For more information on estimating your income, phone them on 0800 221 221 or read their factsheet Estimating your income (IR151).
If you have done this then the next step wopuld be an administrative review. Do you need some information about this.
Yes, because they cannot change this otherwise and you still have yto pay at the higher rate until this is actually changed.
An administrative review is based on the Family Court departure order process. Child Support staff organise the review process, but the actual review is done by an independent person, called the review officer, who is contracted to Inland Revenue.
In deciding whether to change an assessment, the review officer must consider:
When you apply for an administrative review, you will be asked to provide details of your financial situation. If the other parent wants to take part in the review:
This swapping of information is done:
You can find more information on administrative reviews in the booklet Helping you to understand child support reviews (IR175).
When you apply for an administrative review, you must be able to show that you have "grounds for review". There are ten grounds for review: