Oklahomans Who Owe Past Due Child Support Could Have Stimulus Checks Intercepted By US Treasury

Tuesday, April 14th 2020, 1:18 pm
By: News 9

Most Americans are waiting for their stimulus check, but not for 130,000 Oklahomans who are behind on child support payments. That stimulus check meant to provide relief to Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic could be intercepted.

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services said that many Oklahomans are behind on child support payments. While the treasury department is issuing checks after the CARES Act passed, an earlier 1996 act makes those payments go toward back child support payments. 

The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 requires the U.S. Department of Treasury to intercept federal payments.

The issued payments will be handled by the IRS. OKDHS said it does not have the authority to redistribute intercepted monies in any way. 

More information about federal intercepts can be found at www.okdhs.org by searching the keywords "federal tax offset."