On Friday, March 27, 2020, President Trump signed a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package. This package includes cash payments to people and families. According to the White House, owing back taxes and/or other debts to the U.S. government will NOT disqualify a family/individual from receiving a check. However, Americans who are overdue on child support could see their cash payments reduced or eliminated. The legislation “turns off nearly all administrative offsets that ordinarily may reduce tax refunds for individuals who have past tax debts, or who are behind on other payments to federal or state governments, including student loan payments,” “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,” he continued.
The funds should start going out within the next three weeks. Individuals making less than $99,000 and couples earning up to $198,000 will receive a one-time payment of $1,200 with an additional $500 per dependent child.