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Delinquent child support could block your stimulus check

On Behalf of | Aug 30, 2022 | Divorce & Legal Separation |

Most Colorado taxpayers will receive a $750 stimulus check for individual taxpayers and $1,500 for married couples. However, if you are behind on your child support payments, you may not see that money.

How might delinquent child support affect your stimulus check?

Colorado Cash Back program

Eligible taxpayers will receive a Colorado Cash Back check by September 30, 2022. To qualify, you must have filed your Colorado state tax return or applied for a property tax, heat or rent credit rebate by June 30, 2022. If you missed that deadline, the extended deadline is October 17, 2022, with a refund date of January 31, 2023.

How child support impacts your check

The Department of Revenue will deduct any back taxes, Internal Revenue Service levies or debts you owe to a state agency from your stimulus check. As a result, if you owe money for unpaid child support, the agency will deduct the amount you owe from your stimulus check. If you owe an amount equal to or greater than your total stimulus check, the money will reduce your debt but you will not receive a stimulus check.

If an agency intercepts your check to satisfy a debt, the agency will send you a letter explaining why it intercepted the check, the amount of the refund it intercepted and when you will receive any remaining balance. If you believe the agency made a mistake, you must contact the agency to resolve the intercept.

If you have a new spouse and filed your taxes jointly, your spouse may file a claim to get back the portion of the refund that belongs to your spouse.

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