Modernizing Child Support Enforcement Fees


Publication Date: February 23, 2018



DATE: February 23, 2018

TO: State IV-D Agencies

SUBJECT: Modernizing child support enforcement fees

ATTACHMENT: State plan preprint page 2.5-4

On February 9, 2018, President Trump signed Public Law (P.L.) 115-123 Visit disclaimer page , the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. Section 53117 of P.L. 115-123, Modernizing child support enforcement fees, amends Section 454(6)(B)(ii) of the Social Security Act to increase the annual collection fee from $25 to $35. The law also revises the amount from $500 to $550 that the state must collect and disburse to the family before imposing the fee each federal fiscal year. This fee continues to be assessed on all state IV-D cases that have not received assistance under the former AFDC program, the state TANF program, or the tribal TANF program.

The effective date for this provision is the first day of the first fiscal year beginning on or after the date of P.L. 115-123, or October 1, 2018. If the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines that state legislation is required to meet these new requirements, the state plan shall not be regarded as failing to meet such requirements before the first day of the first calendar quarter beginning after the first regular session of the state legislature that begins after the effective date of this Act. If the state has a 2-year legislative session, each year of the session is deemed to be a separate regular session of the state legislature.

States must submit state plan page 2.5-4, Services to Individuals, no later than December 31, 2018, along with a completed transmittal notice form (OCSE-21-U4) via the online state plan system, attesting to compliance with the requirements set forth on this page.

ACTION REQUIRED: Submit the state plan page, which will be available in the system on March 18, 2018, in accordance with the instructions in AT-15-02.

INQUIRIES: ACF/OCSE Regional Program Managers

Scott M. Lekan
Office of Child Support Enforcement


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