After drug dealers, dead beat dads disgust me more than even lying politicians
More than 10,000 parents have been saddled with debts to the Inland Revenue they were powerless to avoid, and one angry solo mum is calling for change.
As well as collecting tax, the IRD administers child support arrangements, which are a financial lifeline to single parents.
But one mother is facing a large debt as the IRD tries to claw back “overpayments” by her former partner – a debt she did nothing to incur and could not have prevented.
According to official figures 10,002 people were in a similar position as of April this year, paying back child support debts totalling $11.5 million.
The issue arises because the IRD calculates child support payments based on information provided privately by both parties.