There are also situations in which parents who are divorced or divorced but jointly share custody can each receive an additional $ 500 per child as part of their check. It has everything to do with it(again, keep reading for the explanation). Another thing you should know is that child support backlog is one of the few times that the .
That may or may not change or not with a possible, if one is eventually approved as part of it . ( Some legislators support the imposition of late payment on children, others do not, and it will not be set in stone until a new law is passed.
Until then, here’s everything you need to know about incentive checks and child support, such asFor you on either side of that financial equation. If you need a specific financial estimate, try our , and here it is . This story is updated often.
States have deducted child support from incentive checks
While the government prevented debts such as student loan arrears and back taxes from being taken out of the first round of stimulus checks, one type of debt not covered by that protection was child support arrears, also known as backlog or backlog. If you owe more than $ 150 in late payment, your state may reserve the right tobased on how much you owe.
And if you due child support, you can receive money from your child’s other parent, but how long it takes to get to you depends on many factors (the money must be handled by the state, which will then issue it to you) .
Rules are subject to change for future audits
Depending on which language is included in the– if successful at all – overdue child support may or may not be seized again. , a proposal passed in the House of Representatives, but not law, specifically prohibits reducing or offsetting the number of incentive checks to pay a child benefit debt. The , which is also not law, it allowed.
There is a way to get back child support that has been unfairly garnished
Although statesof parents who owed child support, the IRS, which issued the checks, says that states were not supposed to also be able to deduct the stimulus check from a current, non-parental spouse.
If you are now married to someone who is not the child’s parent, and the child support backlog was deducted from funds intended for your current spouse, then in August the IRS instructed the taxpayer to complete a Form 8379 (PDF) for a replacement check. However, since then the agency says it is scouring to find such errors and will issue replacement checks, although it hasn’t provided a timeline for doing so. It looks like the IRS is smoothing out this particular wrinkle, so hopefully it won’t be an issue next time.
Yes, you may each get a check for $ 500 per child with joint custody
Usually – but not always – the non-custodial parent pays child support to the caring parent, who probably will. However, sometimes child support is due even when the parents share custody (for example, when one parent earns significantly more than the other). In many of those cases – but again, not all – parents alternately ask the child to pay their taxes (one in odd years, the other in even years, for example).
In situations like these, it is possible that the $ 500 dependent incentive payments were sent to the parent from whom due support child support while the one who is due receives nothing. If that happens, the parent who has not received the money canand receive it along with any refund due in 2021, according to Janet Holtzblatt, a senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. “Double dipping” is not a malfunction in this case – both parents are technically eligible for the payment of $ 500 (for a total of $ 1,000 per child).
Still not sure what to do? Here’s how to find more help
Like anything related to taxes, this stuff can get confusing pretty quickly. If you need help and don’t have an accountant to help you, you can try searching for more information on the IRS website or. At the bottom of the IRS letter with the paper checks is a number you can call for more information: 800-919-9835. The IRS help number is 800-829-1040.
Stay tuned for the, see how much you might qualify for and see when you can get a second stimulus, contact our .