On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MDHS has received information from the Treasury Offset Program (TOP), which collects federal nontax and state debts, and MDHS has prepared the following frequently asked questions (FAQs) to address inquiries during this crisis. These FAQs are based on information available to MDHS at this time, and MDHS will update these FAQs as new information becomes available.
On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, which, among other things, authorizes economic impact payments (also referred to as “stimulus payments” or “recovery rebate payments”) to eligible individuals. For details on these economic impact payments, please visit www.irs.gov/coronavirus
The IRS is aware that in some instances a portion of the payment sent to a spouse who filed an injured spouse claim with his or her 2019 tax return (or 2018 tax return if no 2019 tax return has been filed) has been offset by the non-injured spouse’s past-due child support. The IRS is working with the Bureau of Fiscal Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Support Enforcement, to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. If you filed an injured spouse claim with your return and are impacted by this issue, you do not need to take any action. The injured spouse will receive their unpaid half of the total payment when the issue is resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Due to system issues, the IRS and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service have delayed sending state child support programs stimulus funds until systems issues can be corrected to ensure funds are not inappropriately disbursed. This will result in a delay of some stimulus payments being offset towards child support arrears and being sent to families owed support. Continue to check in at this link for updates.
*These FAQs are based on information available to MDHS at this time, and MDHS will update these FAQs as new information becomes available.