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FAQs: Federal economic impact payments and child support

The coronavirus relief bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020, provides for economic impact payments – also called federal stimulus payments – to qualifying American households.

The federal government is handling these payments the same way it handles federal income tax refunds. This means the payments are subject to the Federal Income Tax Refund Offset Program that allows child support agencies to file claims against federal tax refunds to pay for past-due child support.

Below are answers to questions about how economic impact payments may be impacted for parents who owe past-due child support.

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