Information about refunds for the income compliance program

From July, you may see your income compliance debt change. This is if we raised your debt using averaging of Australian Taxation Office (ATO) income information.

The Income Compliance class action has settled. This means the matter will no longer go to trial, if the Court agrees on the settlement.

If you made repayments towards a debt we raised using averaged ATO information, you may get a refund. If you never paid any money towards your debt, you will see your debt reduced to zero.

Who is eligible for a refund

You may be eligible for a refund if all of the following apply:

  • you received an income compliance debt on or after July 2015
  • we raised your debt using averaged ATO income data
  • you repaid some or all of that debt.

If you haven’t paid any money towards the eligible debt, we’ll reduce your debt to zero. We’ll send you a letter letting you know when we process this.

Which debt repayments are not eligible for a refund

If you paid an income compliance debt that didn’t use averaged income information, you won’t get a refund.

You also won’t get a refund if your debt is due to the annual balancing of family assistance payments. This is because balancing Family Tax Benefit and Child Care Subsidy is not part of the Income Compliance Program.

We haven’t used income averaging to raise the majority of Centrelink debts.

You can find information about your debts using either:

What debts you need to repay

You still need to repay Centrelink debts you have that didn’t use income averaging. On 2 November, debt activity restarted after a pause in response to COVID-19. If you owe money, you won’t need to start repaying it until February 2021.

What happens if you got a class action notice

Not everyone who got a class action notice will be eligible for a refund. The class action relates to a larger group of people who had debts under the Income Compliance Program. We’re only refunding repayments and reducing debts to zero for those raised using averaged income information from the ATO.

Page last updated: 8 January 2021