Can my stimulus check be taken for child support?

Posted on September 15, 2008 by Gail Otis

In an article dated September 9, 2008, Boston.com reported on the interception of economic stimulus checks in cases where a parent owes child support. According to the Article, states submit the Social Security numbers of deadbeat parents to the IRS, and the numbers are cross checked against taxpayers who will be receiving checks. If it is determined that a taxpayer owes support, the checks are sent directly to the state. In Massachusetts, you have 180 days to file an appeal if you believe that your check has been intercepted in error. In other states, the checks may be held for a different length of time.

As for the parent to whom the support is due, the article advises,

'If the appeal is denied, the money is turned over to the parent who has custody, in most cases the mother, unless she has been on public assistance, in which case the funds can go back to the state and federal government to reimburse the taxpayers.'

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