Employers withhold about 74 percent of all child support payments collected nationwide and often have questions about how to submit payments. The questions and answers below offer helpful information to employers about sending payments for child support. If you have questions about the income withholding process, Income Withholding – Answers to Employers’ Questions provides answers to many questions.
Yes (except South Carolina), the standard format for submitting child support payments by electronic funds transfer or electronic data interchange is the DED Child Support Addendum Record. Your state child support agency can provide this layout or see National Automated Clearing House Association’s User Guide for Electronic Child Support Payments (PDF).
Yes. You can send one check each pay period to cover all child support withholdings for that pay period if:
You must provide the following:
You should contact the state child support agency that received the payment and ask about the requirements and timeframe for a refund. The State Disbursement Unit Contacts and Program Information matrix provides state-specific information.
You must send the payment within seven business days of paying wages to the employee. The state where your employee works may set a shorter time limit for submitting the payment.
You must send all payments to the SDU unless the income withholding order was:
This applies to income withholding orders issued by a child support agency and orders issued by a court, attorney, or other party.
If a tribal child support agency sent the order, send the payments to the payee shown on the order. What Employers Should Know When Working With Tribes gives more information about how to direct payments for tribal orders. If South Carolina issued the order, send the payments to the payee on the order until South Carolina establishes an SDU.
You must send payments for spousal support combined in a child support order to the SDU. Spousal only payments are usually sent to the payee on the order; however, some states will accept and process those payments.
Yes. Most states allow you to charge the employee an administrative fee for processing the income withholding order. You can find state fees on the State Income Withholding Contacts and Program Information matrix.
If the fee plus the child support is more than the maximum amount allowed under the CCPA, you may take the entire amount of the administrative fee and make the child support payment less than the amount in the income withholding order. The amount of support that was not paid (because you deducted the administrative fee) becomes part of the arrears owed by the noncustodial parent.
Yes. You must send payments to the SDU in the state that issued the income withholding order.