By Robert L. Mues   |   March 6th, 2021

No Economic Impact Payment in 2020? You May be Eligible to Claim the Recovery Credit Rebate

Will Child Support And Delinquint Federal Debt Offset My Coronavirus Stimulus Check?

economic impact payment stimulus child supportThe U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget reconciliation bill that contains President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-relief package on February 27th. That bill would authorize another round of $1,400 stimulus checks for each eligible person, $2,800 for eligible couples, plus an additional $1,400 for each dependent. The bill was sent to the Senate for their approval. The initial House Bill provisions are being changed as this article is posted, including tightening up the income eligibility amounts. The Democrats HOPE to have a final COVID-19 Relief bill passed by BOTH chambers no later than mid-March.

FREQUENT QUESTIONS WE RECEIVE ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE and RELIEF SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT OF 2021 AT HOLZFASTER, CECIL, McKNIGHT & MUES

Here are some Q and A’s from the various IRS Websites which we found that we thought might be helpful. TOP, which collects delinquent federal and state debts, has prepared the following frequently asked questions (FAQs) to address debtor inquiries regarding whether and to what extent the advance payments of the Recovery Rebate Credit (i.e., the Economic Impact Payments) can be offset.

Q. I owe delinquent debt. Will my second Economic Impact Payment under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 be offset through TOP?

A. No, the Economic Impact Payments, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, are not subject to offset for any reason through TOP.

Q. I owe delinquent debt. Will my first Economic Impact Payment under the CARES Act be offset through TOP?

A. The Economic Impact Payment under the CARES Act can be offset through TOP only to collect delinquent child support obligations that have been referred by the state to TOP.

Q. How much of my first Economic Impact Payment under the CARES Act can be offset to satisfy my delinquent child support debt?

A. Your entire Economic Impact Payment authorized by the CARES Act can be offset, up to the amount of your child support debt.

Q. What if I am not the responsible party that owed the delinquent child support debt?

A. If you are receiving your Economic Impact Payment authorized by the CARES Act jointly with your spouse and only the spouse owes the child support debt, you can file an injured spouse form with the IRS. Please visit the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-8379 to file your claim.

Q. I do not know if I have a delinquent child support debt. Who can I call to check?

A. If you have questions regarding whether you owe a child support debt that has been referred to TOP, you can call the TOP Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system at 800-304-3107.

IF YOU DIDN’T RECEIVE YOUR FULL ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS LAST YEAR, YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO CLAIM THE RECOVERY REBATE CREDIT ON YOUR 2020 TAX RETURN.

The IRS and Treasury have already issued ALL first and second Economic Impact Payments. If you didn’t get the Economic Impact Payments, or less than the correct amount, you may qualify for the Recovery Rebate Credit. You must file a 2020 IRS Tax Return even if you don’t ordinarily do so. Click here, to get more information about this credit and how to claim it.

STIMULUS CUSTOM CALCULATOR TOOL FOR THE THIRD CHECK

Are you interested to see how much you should have received in yoursecond stimulus check or under this third stimulus payment? Click on this link by clicking here. This cool calculator tool from Kiplinger is being updated regularly to adjust for changes being made by the Senate. It is also customizable, to determine eligibility by income etc. Very helpful in my mind!

Hopefully, some of this information and links will assist you. In addition, the IRS can be reached via telephone at 800-829-1040. Call representatives are available from 7AM to 7PM eastern time on Monday through Friday. The call wait is generally shorter earlier in the day. Good luck!

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About The Author: Robert L. Mues
Attorney Robert "Chip" Mues has been focusing his legal practice throughout Southwest Ohio primarily in divorce and family law matters since 1978. Chip is passionate about family law and has proudly published the Ohio Family Law Blog since 2007. In addition, he is the managing partner of Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues. To learn more about him or the law firm, visit the firm's website at www.hcmmlaw.com. Appointments are available in person, over the phone or by Zoom. Call us at 937 293-2141.

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