I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it appears those who are behind on their child support payments may be ineligible for a stimulus check.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley delivered the news in a CARES Act: Recovery Check FAQ post on Medium.com.
In case you were wondering, Chuck is the chairman of the Finance Committee and a key author of the bill. So, he would definitely have the scoop.
Senator Grassley said while those who owe back taxes and/or student loan debt would still be eligible for their stimulus check…people who owe back child support will not receive a check.
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.
Unfortunately, he did not elaborate or clarify whether or not the stimulus check would go to the child(ren) the money is owed to.
If you’re owed back child support, you may want to give the Department of Treasury a ring to see what’s good: (202) 622-2000