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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Economic Impact Payments and the Treasury Offset Program

On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Treasury Offset Program (TOP), which collects federal nontax and state debts, has prepared the following frequently asked questions (FAQs) to address debtor inquiries during this crisis.

Economic Impact Payments:

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, which, among other things, authorizes economic impact payments (also referred to as “stimulus payments” or “recovery rebate payments”) to eligible individuals. For details on these economic impact payments, please visit www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

The economic impact payments can be offset through the Treasury Offset Program (TOP) only to collect delinquent child support obligations that have been referred by the state to TOP.

Other Types of Payment:

For more information on the Treasury Offset Program, please visit our website at www.fiscal.treasury.gov/TOP.

Last modified 04/14/20