Has given me severe anxiety and depression. No way possible I could owe this amount let alone pay it back. They say one debt of 34000 is from a 6 month period in 2015 where they overpayed me.
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After I cancelled my payment they paid me extra money, I was actually entitled to it but they tried to say it was a debt they also tried to pay me money I was not entitled to and refused to stop the payment (even though I was asking them to stop the payment before it happened).
My sister, who is a single mother of two young boys received a bill for $20,000 and another for $1,700.
These debts have arisen from 2011 until now. No mention of how the bill got so high.
She was informed one fine related to her youth allowance, and the bigger to her parenting payments.
She is anxious, stressed, depressed and struggling to pay her bills. They 'kindly' removed the recovery fee, but have made no moves to our knowledge to go back over her bank statements or make any moves on her appeal.
I found out I had a debt when my tax return was garnished in 2018.
My partner and I had just had our first child, I also moved house (rent more expensive than my last), and I started a new job (paying less than my previous job), suffice to say, we were under a heck of a lot of pressure, both emotionally, physically and financially.
I had a small tax return of about $500 I was expecting - enough to just help a little with the expense we had just had to wear.
I broke both my legs and was in a wheelchair for months and I work as a chef I had to prove I wasn't working, and told me that I declared that I made $0 that year which is a lie gave me $5500 debt I asked for evidence several time with no success.
Might I add I've work all my adult life first time I really need centerlink then I worked my arse off to be able to walk again and earn my money just to get back to work.
I was hit with 3 debts.
Two from way back in 2011-2012, apparent over payment of newstart allowance due to my "incorrect reporting" & another debt from 2015 occuring due to me not declaring my partnership date correctly WHICH I ABSOLUTELY DID!!! Totaling $28,000!!!!
Ive already paid off $8k. Ive appealed all the debts, 2 have been dealt with. Resulting in $5k being knocked off due to admitted fault on centrelinks part for "doubling up"?!
What the hell does that mean?!
I lost my tax refund without due notice of the debt.
No one is giving me any reasonable response and when I have appealed under info given — so told info supplied was wrong.
Where is this ok? ARO supported decision but did not address my reasons — merely quoted Acts about overpayments.
If they are not listening to reasons — what is the purpose of the ARO?
Have gone to AAT with all the reasons including incorrect information.
I received a debt letter in 2016 and have been fighting it ever since.
When I submitted payslips in 2017 I heard nothing back until recently (2019) when I requested a review of the 9k I supposedly owed.
I lost the review and they increased the amount to 11k and took my tax return.
As a single parent, I have always been grateful for the assistance given me that was not forthcoming from my child's father.
I have always worked part time and diligently declared my earnings so such a scenario never arose!!
My son gained part time employment as soon as he was old enough and I encouraged the same diligence in his reporting.
To no avail - he was investigated by Centrelink MANY years later.
For most of my working life my wife was my daughters carer, in 2012 her health had deteriorated to the point that Centrelink wouldn't allow her to be carer anymore.
I was forced to retire and look after both my daughter and my wife, for a time my son helped but he was able to find full time work. Caring for both of them with rising bills I burnt through a retirement payout of $30,000 in the first 4 years, and was forced to seek some type of employment.
This is the second time I have been given a Robo Debt. The first time was for $12,000. I disputed it and have now received this.
I woke in the middle of the night to an email sent at 12:46am saying that I owe money as I was overpaid when I received Youth Allowance back in 2017.
I cried. I have been under so much stress for unrelated things. I am moving interstate for work. I just paid off all of my credit card debt last week. I thought I could just focus on saving but now I have this. I feel so stressed, my head is spinning. I can barely afford to live as it is.
Contacted business that is supposed to keep Pay slips 7 yrs.
No, business sold.
ANZ bank account closed in 2016 and unable to get Bank statements.
Daughters health at all time low, struggling to make ends meet & Centrelink making her repay money she doesn't owe not have.
I got one debt & so far Centrelink has taken $8,257 in repayments towards the debt with an outstanding amount of $9,183 but then they hit me with another debt of $2,662.
They said both debts are because I didn’t declare my income correctly but I don’t know why this wasn’t picked up when I did my tax returns.
It’s affected me on so many levels,
Financially as I’m a single parent working a casual job just trying to get ahead.
This debt has been extremely hard on me mentally.
I am so stressed out all the time about paying this off and raising three children on my own without a permanent job.
This has been an incredibly stressful event that I have no control over. It has left me shaken and in tears multiple times.
Now I am reflecting it could have been a better option to be homeless and not on welfare while I was studding to avoid this debt.
This is NOT human services this is punishing the lowest income earners with debt. How can someone incurre a debt over five thousand dollars and not be aware or notified.
This is very stressful, and quite embarrassing to have to tell people, especially previous employers.
I am lucky in that my alleged debt amount is fairly low, and if Centrelink can prove that I do owe the money I can actually pay it. I just don't agree with the way the Department of Human Services is going about it.
Honestly, I am grateful that I have the opportunity to be able to appeal the amounts but I am so horribly stressed as to the outcome. I have two children under 5 to support. I hid the debt from my partner for such a long time because I was embarrassed that I had made so many mistakes that would cost us this amount of money. We are trying to save for a home but I doubt this will happen now. It had put such a large strain on both my relationship with my husband and my mental health.
Free leaving extremely abusive domestic violence this escalated my diagnosed issues of Generalised Anxiety Disorder, depressive disorder
and also CPTSD. I have been fighting this for the better part of a year now!!
When I first had a review the debt was reduced from $5,000 to $2,500 but when I kept requesting an explaination of how they calculated that amount they increased it to $3500.