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Interim Final Rule with Comment Period – Federal Tax Refund Offset

AT-03-02

Published: July 14, 2003
Information About:
State/Local Child Support Agencies
Topics:
Case Management, Enforcement, Federal Systems
Types:
Policy, Action Transmittals (AT), Regulations
Tags:
Collection & Enforcement Systems

ACTION TRANSMITTAL

AT-03-02

ATTACHMENT: Interim Final Rule - Federal Tax Refund Offset

DATE: July 14, 2003

TO: State Agencies Administering Child Support Enforcement Plans under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act and Other Interested Parties

SUBJECT: Interim Final Rule with Comment Period – Federal Tax Refund Offset

ATTACHMENT: Attached is an interim final rule, published in the Federal Register on June 26, 2003 (68 FR 37978), which revises existing regulations on collecting child support arrears through the Federal Tax Refund Offset process.

CONTENT: This interim final rule on the Federal Tax Refund Offset process is not imposing new requirements or burdens on States, but is removing administrative requirements and burdens, principally the requirement that the support be 3 months delinquent before the debt is referred for Federal tax refund offset. In addition, the rule is amended to recognize that the amount to be offset may increase as well as decrease after the submittal, due to the transition from annual updates to a continuous data processing schedule. The rule also removes the requirements for communications between OCSE and the States by paper or magnetic tape. Under the new procedures, notices and referrals will be sent electronically, which is much simpler for the States. Finally, the rule incorporates several policies that are already in effect, so that case submission information appears in one place.

REFERENCES: REGULATION REFERENCES: 45 CFR 303.72

DATES: These regulations were effective on June 26, 2003. Consideration will be given to comments received by August 25, 2003. Address comments to: Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20447, Attention: Director, Division of Policy, Mail Stop: OCSE/DP.

INQUIRIES: INQUIRIES TO: Regional Administrators

Sherri Z. Heller, Ed.D.

Commissioner

Office of Child Support Enforcement

Attachment – Interim Final Rule with Comment Period