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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 $500.

The letters are part of the tax-offset program administered by the Ohio Department of Human Services and its Office of Child Support.

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
(614) 644-6903