21 Dec 2008

Inter-agency agreement catches child support dodgers

7:06 am on 21 December 2008

More than $1 million in late child support payments has been collected by Inland Revenue through a new information sharing arrangement with Customs.

An agreement between the agencies has been in place for three months. It allows Customs to alert the IRD to people on its list, when they pass through a border.

Collections manager Graham Pomeroy says the department has caught up with some people who have not paid child support for many years.

He says the IRD has set up 500 installment payments that will total $8 million and the arrangement is working well.