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Request for Comments on Revised IWO Form & Instructions

DCL-16-22

Published: October 4, 2016

DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER

DCL-16-22

DATE: October 4, 2016

ATTACHMENTS:

TO: ALL STATE AND TRIBAL IV-D DIRECTORS

RE: Request for Comments on Revised IWO Form & Instructions

Dear Colleague:

The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement has revised the Income Withholding for Support (IWO) form and instructions. On October 4, 2016, a notice for public comment was posted to the Federal Register on pages 68421-68422, Volume 81, Number 192. The comment period closes on December 2, 2016.

The attached form and instructions include the proposed changes, some of which are listed below:

  • Remove Amended IWO Checkbox – One checkbox will be used for an IWO, without distinction of initial or amended.
  • Remove Remittance ID – Child support agencies are instructed to use the Case ID as the payment identifier.
  • Effective Date – An IWO is effective the first pay period after the employer/income withholder receives it.
  • Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) Limit – The form and instructions clarify that the sender must enter a specific percentage to withhold, not a range of percentages or a maximum percentage.
  • Lump Sum IWOs – Amended the language to clarify that child support agencies should send lump sum IWOs only when notified by an employer that an employee is eligible for an upcoming lump sum payment. 
  • Withholding Limits for Tribal IWOs – Amended language to clarify that the employee’s principal place of employment governs the withholding limits. If the employee’s principal place of employment is within a state, the employer must apply the state withholding limits, even when a tribal child support agency  issues the IWO. If the employee’s principal place of employment is on tribal land, employers must apply tribal withholding limits.

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

Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of the Federal Register notice.

Sincerely,

Vicki Turetsky
Commissioner
Office of Child Support Enforcement

cc:  OCSE Regional Program Managers

Last Reviewed: October 4, 2016

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