If you’re behind on child support, you either won’t get a stimulus check. That is hard news for a group of men and women that have been marginalized and oppressed to the point of tyranny in the last few decades.
The reason for no stimulus check? While the CARES Act suspends debts like overdue student loans or back taxes that typically lead to the garnishment of tax refunds, it doesn’t apply to delinquent child support payments. That means the government’s relief checks will still be garnished if you’re overdue. And some spouses who are filing joint tax returns with their late-paying partners are upset their stimulus money is being withheld for the same reason.
Even if your spouse is solely responsible for the debt, a shared tax refund or stimulus check could be at risk.
According to the experts, docking your stimulus check and sending it to the mother of the child is the way to send it to people that need relief the most. Go figure. Really?
The stimulus payment that is reduced or withheld by the child support owed will go to the appropriate collecting office for the taxpayer’s state. From there, that collecting office will issue the money to the custodial parent, the person due the child support. The time it takes for the money to arrive may vary by collecting office, which varies by state.
Those that have fallen on hard times are being oppressed in the name of child support debt. Owing back child support doesn’t make you a ‘deadbeat,’ nor should it carry a stigma of disapproval or rejection.
IRS typically works with the Office of Child Support Enforcement so the agency is aware of who has fallen behind on child support payments. The Federal government needs to stop punishing families of a person that owes a debt.
Another concern for Americans facing massive numbers of layoffs is whether late child support payments are taken from unemployment checks. The short answer is yes.
If you’re claiming unemployment and a child support order is in place, you will have child support payments withheld. Some states will limit back child support collection to 50% of each check so that the person who owes child support would still collect unemployment, while other states may garnish differently for back child support.
It’s lots of fun in the land of free, as those that owe a debt are continually punished, a very real tyranny that has been held in place for almost two decades.