Where is my child support tax refund? The Child Support Program is authorized to hold tax refund offsets because of the high frequency of fraudulent income tax filings. When the IRS review is over, the IRS notifies the Child Support Program that they can either process the collection or reverse the collection (take it back).
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How does a federal tax refund offset work?
The OCSE receives information on people who are late on their child support payments from state child support agencies.
The name, Social Security number, and sums owed for overdue child support are included in the information that is sent to the Department of the Treasury.
Notification to the noncustodial parent
The noncustodial parent will get a Pre-Offset Notice explaining why their case was filed to the offset program if the child support debt satisfies the federal requirements for a federal tax refund offset.
Sending the payment.
When processing a tax refund, the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service compares it to the noncustodial parent’s debt and, depending on how much is owing, either intercepts all or part of the refund. The offset payment is subsequently forwarded to the state child support office via OCSE to be applied to the past-due support.
Timelines for sending and receiving funds.
In most cases, it takes two to three weeks for the noncustodial parent to receive the funds at the state child support office that submitted the noncustodial parent’s case for tax refund offset.
How long does it take for the IRS to review funds for child support?
Normally, the IRS completes its review in 90 days, but it could take longer. The program will lift the hold in six months if the IRS review is not finished.
According to federal regulations, the Child Support Program is also permitted to hold tax refunds from joint tax returns.
In order to provide the joint filer who does not owe past-due support time to file an updated return with the IRS for their portion of the refund, these offsets are held for 180 days.