How can I appeal an IRD decision regarding student loan repayments?

Question Details: My brother and his partner reside in Australia and wish to pay back their NZ Student Loan, but the IRD want more than they can afford. They have one modest income (both with high student loan debts and both long term defaulters/fines). Can they appeal the calculation?

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They cannot appeal their student loan assessment.

Anyone with a student loan who is overseas for 184 days (six months) or more in a 12 month period has to make student loan repayments based on the value of their loan. Inland Revenue provide a calculator to show what these repayments are likely to be here: www.ird.govt.nz.

For someone who is overseas, student loan repayments are due in two instalments each year. It is possible to make smaller, more frequent payments as long as the total amount due is paid by the due date each year. More detail is available here: www.ird.govt.nz.

Because your brother and his partner are already behind in their payments, they should consider contacting Inland Revenue to discuss their situation. Inland Revenue set out some of the options that are available here: www.ird.govt.nz.

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