Coronavirus Stimulus Check: People Behind In Child Support Payments May Not Qualify

The stimulus check won’t be in the mail for Americans who owe child support.

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus relief bill enacted Friday includes direct cash payments to help people through the crisis. One red flag that can cost otherwise eligible Americans money is owing past due child support.

According to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, “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.”

The cash transfers are available to U.S. residents with a valid Social Security number who reported making less than $99,000 or couples earning up to $198,000 on a recent tax return. The one-time payments max out at $1,200 per person with an additional $500 per child.

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