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Federal Offset Collections Report for OCSE Cycle 2013-12

TCC-13-17

Published: March 29, 2013
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies
Topics:
Federal Systems, Federal Offset Program (FOP)
Types:
Policy, Technical Content Correspondence (TCC)
Tags:
Collection & Enforcement Systems

TO:  ALL FEDERAL OFFSET COORDINATORS

RE:  Federal Offset Collections Report for OCSE Cycle 2013-12

This is a summary of collections for OCSE Cycle 2013-12.  These numbers represent federal tax refund and/or administrative offsets, less the current fees of $14.65 per federal tax offset and $16.00 per administrative offset, and any adjustments/reversals made during this collection cycle.

Based on 100,191 offsets, the net collections total for OCSE Cycle 2013-12 as of March 21, 2013 is $163,650,901.  The year-to-date total for 743,551 offsets is $1,083,789,933.  This compares to 846,649 offsets for $1,271,905,979 through the same collection week last year.

An electronic version of this summary, along with additional details, was sent to your state via electronic transmission on March 27, 2013.

We are analyzing possible reasons for the decrease in the YTD 2013 collections and offset amounts.  While it is difficult to pinpoint one specific cause, we believe that part of the decrease may be attributable to impacts IRS has experienced this tax season.  According to a March 15 release on IRS’ website, the number of income tax returns processed is lower by almost 10 percent and the amounts refunded are down more than 11 percent compared to last year for the same period.  To ensure its compliance with certain provisions in the America Taxpayer Relief Act, IRS delayed the start of processing tax returns this year to January 30, 2013.  We are hopeful that some or most of this gap will be narrowed in the future.  We have already experienced an upward trend week to week over the past few offset cycles.

The deposit of funds to your state’s account, which is transferred through the Automated Clearing House, is scheduled for March 29, 2013.  If you have any questions regarding the transfer of collections to your state’s account, please contact Elvis Davis at 301-443-9560 or Cathy Lin at 301-443-3309 at the Program Support Center.

If you have any questions concerning your state’s reporting for this cycle, please contact the Federal Collections and Enforcement team at 202-401-9389, ext. 4, or via e-mail at scollections@acf.hhs.gov.

Sincerely,

Vicki Turetsky
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

cc:  State IV-D Directors
ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers