People who owe child support won’t be getting a stimulus check.
The Coronavirus relief bill was passed on Friday in order to aid Americans, many of whom are home without pay.
According to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the Finance Committee and a key author of the bill, owing back taxes or other types of debt to the government is all right and won’t prevent you from getting a stimulus check.
Grassley wrote in a medium.com post:
[The legislation] turns off nearly all administrative offsets that ordinarily may reduce tax refunds for individuals who have past tax debts, or who are behind on other payments to federal or state governments, including student loan payments. 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,”
Under a 1996 law, The Treasury Department operates a program that allows it to withhold funds from people who owe child support, and allows them to collect child support.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated that the checks should start going out within three weeks.
The stimulus checks will be available for Americans with a valid social security number who make less than $99,000 a year, or couples earning up to $198,000 on a recent tax return. The check will be $1200 per adult in the family, and $500 per child.