Officials: If you owe child support, your federal stimulus will be intercepted to pay the debt

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Posted at 9:49 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 21:52:26-04

(WXYZ) — If you owe child support in Michigan and are expecting to receive a federal stimulus check, your payment will be intercepted to pay that debt, according to Bob Wheaton, a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

"Yes, statewide stimulus payments to noncustodial parents who owe child support will be intercepted by the IRS," Wheaton said in an email to 7 Action News. "The intercepted funds will go to our department’s Office of Child Support to pay any debt the parents owe to custodial parents and children or owe to the state. This will benefit children and families who are waiting for support that’s necessary to pay food, clothing and other items for children."

On Wednesday, the IRS launched a website for people to check the status of their economic stimulus payment.

Those who do not submit direct deposit information to the IRS can expect a paper check to be mailed to them in the coming weeks.

The following people are eligible for stimulus cash from the federal government.

$2,400 – Couples earning less than $150,000 a year (couples earning $150,000 - $198,000 will receive a prorated check).

$1,200 – Individuals earning less than $75,000 a year (individuals earning $75,000 - $99,000 will receive a prorated check).

$500 - Each dependent child age 16 or under as of Dec. 31, 2019 (for qualifying individuals and couples).

For more answers for frequently asked questions about the stimulus program, click here.

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