November 08, 1999 - Columbus, Ohio
- Past Due May Cost You
The Ohio Department of Taxation this week is mailing out more
than 206,000 letters to parents who are reportedly delinquent
in paying court-ordered child support.
The letter notifies those parents that their state income tax
refund - if due one -- will be seized to help satisfy the
overdue obligation. Parents who are delinquent have until
December 15, 1999 to contact their county Child Support
Enforcement Agency (CSEA) to pay the debt or challenge the
declaration of delinquency.
People receiving the letter are at least three months behind
in their payments and owe a minimum of $150. If the custodial
parent is not on public assistance, the debt must exceed
The letters are part of the tax-offset program administered
by the Ohio Department of Human Services and its Office of
In 1999, the tax-offset program has recovered $11.7 million
statewide from people owing child support. The money is
forwarded to the parent who has custody or is used to
reimburse the government if the custodial parent was
receiving public assistance.
The tax-offset program will also intercept refunds to pay
overdue spousal support if that support is channeled through
the local CSEA.
For more information contact:
Gary Gudmundson, Communications Director
Ohio Department of Taxation