No Coronavirus Stimulus Checks for Americans Who Owe Child Support
Relief bill has exception for parents who miss child support payments
The new emergency coronavirus relief bill, that President Donald Trump signed last Friday, will send stimulus checks to most Americans, except for parents who owe child support money.
According to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), owing back taxes, student loans, or other similar debts to the government will not affect how much stimulus money a person will receive.
Grassley, who authored the bill, outlines some of the conditions of the stimulus package in a Medium post.
The legislation “turns off nearly all administrative offsets that ordinarily may reduce tax refunds for individuals who have past tax debts,” Grassley wrote.
People "who are behind on other payments to federal or state governments, including student loan payments," will also not be penalized, Grassley added.
“The only administrative offset that will be enforced applies to those who have past due child support payments that the states have reported to the Treasury Department,” he continued.
In other words, people who owe child support could see their cash payments reduced or taken away altogether.
Thanks to a law passed in 1996, the Treasury Department is allowed to collect overdue child support payments by cutting or withholding any federal handouts.
State child support agencies share information with the federal government about who is behind on their child support and by how much.
The bill passed Congress on Friday, and President Donald Trump signed it into law the same day.
Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said the checks should be sent out to the public within three weeks.
The one-time cash payments are available to U.S. residents with a valid social security number who make less than $99,000 per year, or couples earning up to $198,000 per year, on a recent tax filing.
The payments go up to $1,200 per person, but families can receive an additional $500 per child.
The New York socialist lawmaker is furious that the emergency bill puts Americans first and doesn't prop up illegals with taxpayer money.
AOC slammed the GOP and Trump administration, claiming that the provision does not go far enough.
"To clarify, $1200 checks are ONLY going to some w/social sec numbers, NOT immigrants w/ tax IDs (ITINs)," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
"Thanks to GOP, these checks will be cut off the backs of *taxpaying immigrants,* who get nothing," AOC complained.