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

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ("CARES") Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Among other things, the CARES Act authorizes Economic Impact Payments to eligible individuals. These payments are sometimes referred to as "stimulus payments" or "recovery rebate payments." The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, authorizes an additional round of Economic Impact Payments to eligible individuals.

The Treasury Offset Program (TOP), which collects delinquent federal nontax and state debts, has prepared the following frequently asked questions (FAQs) to address debtor inquiries during this crisis.

Economic Impact Payments under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021:

No, the second round of Economic Impact Payments, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, are not subject to offset for any reason through TOP.

Economic Impact Payments under the CARES Act:

Other Questions:

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

Last modified 12/30/20