Thanks to anbetween President Donald Trump and Congress, a isn’t official yet. But when and if it is, this current iteration of the rules set out in a has changed enough from the first stimulus check to reset the expectations for parents in a child support situation, including from a .
Theretain the same definition of a , that is, 16 years old or under, but authorizes payments of $600 per child as part of the household’s total. Remember, only . But if you owe or are owed child support, how does that affect your potential direct payment? And could two separated or divorced parents both claim the $600 benefit, just like with the first check?
Here’s everything you should know aboutand child support, like for your on either side of that financial equation. Try out our of your total, and here’s what you need to know about . This story is updated often.
There’s a huge second stimulus check change to overdue child support
Unlike the more than $150 in arrears, up to the entire contents of the payment, this second stimulus check — if it becomes law — would let the parent who owes child support keep the entire contents. In fact, it prohibits seizing stimulus checks for any kind of debt, including from private creditors and banks., which made it legal for states to for
It also means that if you’re owed child support, you will not receive money taken from your child’s other parent in the next direct payment.
Why else it’s significant
When theto pay past-due child support, sometimes clerical errors also took stimulus money allocated to a (new) spouse who was not the child’s other parent. Stopping all seizures of stimulus check money means that these individuals would not have to with the IRS.
Could both parents get a $600 check per child with joint custody?
There was a loophole in the first stimulus check that benefited both parents with the $600 per child if they filed their taxes in a certain way. The second stimulus check, if it passes as is, would draw from your 2019 tax filing. It isn’t entirely clear if the same rules would apply, but here’s how it played out with the first check.
Most of the time — but not always — the noncustodial parent pays child support to the custodial parent, who likely. Sometimes, however, child support is owed even when parents share custody (when one parent earns significantly more than the other, for example). In many of those cases — but, again, not all — parents alternate claiming the child on their taxes (one in odd years, the other in even years, for example).
In situations like these, it’s possible that stimulus payments for dependents could be sent to one parent but not both parents. If that happens, the parent who did not receive the money can Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. “Double dipping,” in this instance, isn’t a glitch — both parents could technically qualify for the $600 payment (for a total payout from the US Treasury of $1,200 per child).and receive it along with any refund due in 2021, according to Janet Holtzblatt, a senior fellow at the
There’s a way to get back child support that was wrongly garnished
Although states spouse’s stimulus check as well.(the first payment) from parents who owed back child support, the IRS, which issued the checks, says it didn’t mean to allow states to also deduct from a current, nonparent
If you are now married to someone who is not the child’s parent, and past-due child support was deducted from funds intended for your current spouse, the IRS directed taxpayers in August to fill out a Form 8379 (PDF) in order to receive a replacement check. However, since then, the agency says it is sifting through to find such errors and will be issuing replacement checks, although it did not provide a timeline for doing so. It appears the IRS is ironing out this particular wrinkle, so hopefully it won’t be a problem next time.
You can also try to claim black what was owed in Tax Season 2021 using thedesigned by the IRS specifically for stimulus checks.
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