Will I get my Covid-19 Stimulus check if I owe back child support?
A couple of non-custodial parents in Texas are on the edges of their seats. Why?
Because they have child support arrears, also commonly known as back child support.
In response to the covid-19 disaster relief, president Trump signed a $2 trillion relief package into law.
Unfortunately, not every American will get to see this check.
So, how does this work?
First, it is based on income.
“All U.S. residents or citizens with adjusted gross income under $75,000 ($112,500 for head of household and $150,000 married), who are not the dependent of another taxpayer and have a work-eligible Social Security Number, are eligible for the full $1,200 ($2,400 married) rebate. They are also eligible for an additional $500 per child. A typical family of four is eligible for a $3,400 recovery rebate. (CBS-News)”
Second, the amount of refund or check you get depends on what you owe in child support. According to Senator Chuck Grissly, who is the president pro tempore of the Senate and the Senate Finance Committee:
“The only administrative offset that will be enforced applies to those who have past due child support payments that the states have reported to the Treasury Department.”
Interception – Covid-19 and Stimulus check.
In plain terms: If you owe back child support, the Treasury Department can intercept the stimulus check and redirect it to your ex. Or it may go to the state for medical and dental support that you owe the state of Texas, if any.
What authority does the government have to do this? It is called The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996; This Act allows the Treasury Department to intercept federal payments to collect any child arrears.
It is time to talk to a child custody attorney. Call (832) 529.1255.