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Request for Comments on Revised IWO Form and Instructions

DCL-19-16

Published: December 19, 2019

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER

DCL-19-16

DATE: December 19, 2019

TO: State and Tribal IV-D Directors

SUBJECT: Request for Comments on Revised IWO Form and Instructions

ATTACHMENT: Proposed IWO Form and Instructions

Dear Colleague:

The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement has proposed revisions to the Income Withholding for Support (IWO) form and instructions. On December 18, 2019, a notice for public comment was posted to the Federal Register on pages 69382-69383, Volume 84, Number 243. The comment period closes on February 17, 2020.

The attached form and instructions include the proposed changes:

IWO Form

  • Entire Form
    • Added section headers and descriptions regarding who should complete each section
  • Section V.  Remittance Information
    • To clarify when to begin withholding, changed the date to a text entry to indicate that the IWO is effective on either the date of mailing, receipt, or service of the order/notice
    • Added a link to the Remit Payment To textbox to direct employers to state disbursement units to set up electronic payments and requirements for checks
  • Section VI.  Additional Information for Employers/Income Withholders
    • Simplified and consolidated wording of required advice to employers and moved some wording from Additional Information into Section V. Remittance Information
  • Section VII.  Notification of Employment Termination or Income Status
    • Moved a link to the Child Support Portal from Additional Information to Section VI.  Additional Information for Employers/Income Withholders, Lump Sum Payments and added a link to the Child Support Portal to this section
    • Added language to encourage voluntary reporting of workers’ compensation payments

Instructions

  • Entire Instructions
    • Clarified those fields that are optional
    • Amended section headers and descriptions regarding who should complete each section
  • Section V.  Remittance Information
    •  Added a textbox regarding payments in interstate cases

We welcome your input on the form and instructions. Please follow the directions for public comment in the Federal Register notice. When commenting, be sure to reference OMB 0970-0154.

Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted by February 17, 2020.

Sincerely,

Scott M. Lekan
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

Last Reviewed: December 23, 2019

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