Tax Offset Program for Clients
Q: Am I submitted?
A: Weekly submissions are done for federal offset. For state submission the obligor is submitted once a year in September for the next year.
Q: How long after my taxes are filed or after I received my letter from the IRS that you receive my taxes?
A: 6 to 8 weeks
Q: My case is paid in full, can I file my taxes:
A: After the case is paid in full, contact the CSEA and see when the removal from the offset program occurred. The obligor should wait 4 weeks from the date of being deleted from the offset program before filing taxes.
Q: When will I be deleted?
A: For federal offset after the arrears are below $500.00 (unassigned arrears) $150.00 (assigned arrears). For state offset after the balance is zero.
Q: Who claims the child?
A: This could possibly be in the court order, or contact IRS 1-800-829-1040
Q: I did not work, why are you taking my spouses refund?
A: The current spouse should file an Injured Spouse Claim (form 8379). This should be done with the tax preparer when filing your taxes – the current spouse has up to 6 years to file the claim for federal return. You have 21 days from the day you file your return to file an injured spouse claim for a state return.
Q: I have multiple child support cases with balances. How do you determine how much gets paid to each case?
A: The collection is pro-rated to all cases/orders submitted based on percentage of total assigned arrears FIRST, then total unassigned arrears.
Q: Is Child Support income taxable?
A: No, but spousal support is.