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18 Nov 07 #6961 by icklefish
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Hi everyone. Quick question.

I have my own company and pay myself a wage, expenses and dividends each month. All three form part of monthly income the wage portion being fixed and the dividend and expenses part will obviously be variable. Also funds build up within the business which are used to pay my wages in between contracts. Also the amount going into the business changes based on my contracts.

What I needed to know is for the purpose of calculating my maintanance commitments how would my earnings be calculated.


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18 Nov 07 #6962 by DownButNotOut
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Your income for maintenance purposes is wages plus dividends.

Genuinely incurred business expenses are not included (but that company car should not be a ferrari!)

Money invested into the business is not included.

The wages you receive between contracts are included.

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18 Nov 07 #6963 by icklefish
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Thanks DownButNotOut, appreciated. I've got a ten year old car, guess who has the new one :-). That's very helpfull.

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19 Nov 07 #7036 by Fiona
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The CSA doesn't include directors' dividends as income for the basic child support assessment.

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