COVID-19 FAQs updated 3:39 p.m., September 4, 2020
If I am married to someone who owes child support, and we filed our taxes jointly, will you intercept my federal stimulus payment and apply it to the past-due child support my spouse owes? (updated 9-4-2020)
Yes, unless you are eligible for relief. If you do not owe child support but you are married to someone who owes child support, you may file an Injured Spouse Claim and Allocation – Form 8379. Please visit www.irs.gov for filing instructions. If you have already filed that form for your 2019 tax return, you do not need to file it again.
The IRS has stated that, in some instances, a portion of the payment sent to a spouse who filed an injured spouse claim with their 2019 tax return (or 2018 tax return, if no 2019 tax return has been filed) was mistakenly offset by the non-injured spouse’s past-due child support. The IRS is working to fix this issue by the end of September. If you filed an injured spouse claim with your return and received a notice of an offset like this, you do not need to take any action. The injured spouse will receive their unpaid half of the total payment when the issue is resolved. See the IRS website for more info.
I received a notice from the that it applied my federal stimulus payment to delinquent debt for child support through the Oregon Department of Justice Division of Child Support. I have already paid off my past-due child support. When will the Oregon Child Support Program refund my stimulus payment?(updated 7-22-2020)
The DOJ Division of Child Support / Oregon Child Support Program began receiving the federal stimulus payments on May 4. There is lag time between when the U.S. Treasury sends payments to citizens and when we receive the payments. The payments have been continuing over the subsequent weeks and will through September. The U.S. Treasury may not have had your updated balance when it intercepted your stimulus payment. Once we receive your payment, we will refund the stimulus money to you as soon as possible.