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Judgment Fund

Electronic Filing

Agencies may submit electronically through the Judgment Fund Internet Claims System.

Request Payment Electronically

Judgment Fund Form

The Judgment Fund accepts Form 197 below. All older versions of Form 197 and any other forms are no longer being used.

Important Notes

Form Signature

Only an authorized official may ask that the Judgment Fund pay.

Determining the Taxpayer Identification Number

The Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) on the form must be that of the plaintiff (the person to whom the government owes the money).

The TIN cannot be of an intermediary, such as an attorney or claims administrator who is getting the money on behalf of the plaintiff.

Even where a claims administrator is getting a lump sum on behalf of many plaintiffs, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service must have the TINs of all the plaintiffs. If the payment is for a class action suit or other situation with many plaintiffs, the agency official must contact the Judgment Fund Branch before submitting the request to work out how to provide the TINs.

The only 5 exceptions to the requirement for a TIN are listed in the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) section. For additional information about this, visit the Offsets page.

Last modified 07/30/20