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Treasury Offset Program (TOP)
State Agencies in TOP as Debtors:
How to Resolve Debts Owed by States to the Federal Government


Individuals, businesses, and states owe nontax debts to the federal government for various reasons. Examples of debts owed to the federal government can include grant overpayments, loans, overpayments on projects, and debts owed to Medicare. On occasion, an entity's indebtedness to the federal government will become delinquent. As required by federal law, federal agencies submit these delinquent debts to the Treasury Offset Program (TOP) for interception of eligible federal and state payments payable to the delinquent debtor, a process known as "centralized offset."

What is the Treasury Offset Program and How Does it Work?

State Agencies in TOP as Debtors: Frequently Asked Questions

Locate a State Comptroller

"Understanding State Debts in TOP and How They Affect Your Federal Payments" (489 kb)

Intergovernmental Partnership Report - Partnerships Matter: How a Federal, State, and Non-Profit Collaboration Improved Efficiencies in Delinquent Debt CollectionPDF document

For general questions regarding the offset of your payment, an entity's representative can call our Treasury Offset Program (TOP) Call Center to obtain agency contact information. The TOP Call Center phone number is toll free 800-304-3107.

Hearing impaired customers may use the Federal Relay Service by dialing 800-877-8339 to reach a Communications Assistant (CA) who will dial the toll free number.



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