Merced, CA asked in Tax Law for California

Q: Covid-19 act provides assistance to americans who qualify so It is not a tax refund even if IRS is in charge.

this an economic assistance service provided by the Gov . How is that IRS is with holding these monies from debts due to child support. Does it mean that they don't get to have help? Not all fathers are dead beat dads and this is a help for some and a punishment for those in debt for reasons we don't know. Does this permit for assistance programs to be tapped into due to child support debt?

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A: Whoever told you that is wrong.

The recent $1,200 stimulus check (or deposit) everyone was entitled to receive from the IRS was not a free gift. The payments are legally considered as advances on any tax refund the taxpayer recipient might be entitled to at any time in the future. Accordingly, the entire $1,200 can be intercepted and withheld to repay back child support still owed, or repay government student loan debts still owed or repay any other debt owed by the recipient to the government.

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