December 27, 2020:
The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, authorizes a second round of Economic Impact Payments to eligible individuals. The second round of Economic Impact Payments are not subject to intercept for past-due child support. For more information please visit Treasury Offset Program - TOP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Public on COVID-19.
April 21, 2020:
The IRS unveiled the Get My Payment online application. The application will allow people to check the status of their economic impact payment and update their direct deposit information. The application is available at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.
April 20, 2020:
The IRS prepared a frequently asked questions (FAQ) page to address the collection of federal non-tax and state debts with the stimulus payment. This would include collection of past-due child support. Please visit https://fiscal.treasury.gov/top/faqs-for-the-public-covid-19.html.
April 14, 2020:
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (the “Act”) became law. The Act provides qualifying individuals with a recovery rebate payment (also referred to as “stimulus payments”) of up to $1,200 (or $2,400 if married and filing jointly), plus up to $500 for each qualifying child. The payments made to parents who owe past-due child support and who are subject to intercept under the Federal Income Tax Refund Offset Program will be offset. Therefore, if a person owes more than $150 in a public assistance case or more than $500 in a non-public assistance child support case, the law requires that the stimulus payment be intercepted up to the total amount of child support owed.
For additional information about the stimulus payments visit the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center.
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