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Stimulus Payment FAQ

The Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) provides economic stimulus payments to American families who meet certain financial thresholds. The act provides payments of up to $1,200.00 for adults who file a single tax return with an annual income of $75,000.00 or less and $2,400 for families filing joint returns who have a combined income of $150,000.00 or less. The payments are reduced for parents who make more than these amounts and are completely phased out for single filers who make about $99,000.00 and joint filers who make above $198,000.00.

The stimulus payments are subject to interception for past-due child support. The CARES legislation specifically left in place the same language that applies to IRS offset payments that child support programs are required to intercept and apply to past due child support. Unfortunately, there is no way for the Child Support Program to differentiate between a normal tax offset payment and the stimulus payment. The state has requested additional information from the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) and has not received any information that would allow us to treat these payments in a different manner.

According to the federal government, the stimulus checks will start being directly deposited into the accounts of citizens sometime around mid-April. Payments that are subject to interception for past-due child support will be sent to California Child Support Services State Disbursement Unit who will distribute them. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the agency handling your case.

If your stimulus payment has been taken, the IRS will send you a letter notifying you that the payment will be sent to the California Department of Child Support Services.

No. As of March 27, 2020, California Child Support Services stopped referring information regarding individuals owing unpaid child support to the Interagency Intercept Collection Program operated by the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). On the same date, FTB announced that the Intercept Program will be temporarily suspended due to the widespread health and economic issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, the suspension is scheduled until 07/15/2020, however this date may change based on the evolving nature of this unprecedented event.

If you are married filing jointly and your spouse filed an injured spouse claim with your 2019 tax return (or 2018 tax return if you haven’t filed your 2019 tax return), half of the total stimulus payment will be sent to each spouse and only your payment will be offset for past-due child support. There is no need to file another injured spouse claim for the payment. More information can be found on the IRS website.

No, the CARES Act did not grant states any authority to reduce or eliminate the intercept due to hardship.

Yes, as with other tax refunds, any amount due to you is intercepted.

If you have never received cash assistance from the state, there is no change for you. All of the stimulus funds, up to the amount of past-due support, will be passed through to you.

If you previously received cash assistance, the Order provides for California Child Support Services to pass the stimulus funds through to you, rather than to repay periods of time you received assistance.


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Family Law Assistance

In-person assistance is not available for the month of January 2022

 

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The DCSS court interview offices in Riverside & Hemet will be CLOSED, the Family Court is NOT Closed

The DCSS court interview offices in Riverside (3760 12th St, Riverside, CA 92507) and Hemet (880 N State St, Suite B1, Hemet, CA 92543) will be closed from Thursday, January 13, 2022, through Thursday, January 27, 2022.

THE FAMILY COURT IS NOT CLOSED. ALL DCSS CHILD SUPPORT COURT HEARINGS REMAIN AS SCHEDULED AND WILL BE CONDUCTED TELEPHONICALLY DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD.

  1. For hearings in Riverside Family Court, call # 951-955-4520 by 8:30 AM to check-in for your hearing. 
  • For hearings in Hemet Family Court, call # 951-791-2251 by 8:30 AM to check in your hearing. 
  • If you do not check-in for your hearing, the court may enter orders against you in your absence.

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The 2022 Pass Through Increase: Effective January 1, 2022

ATTENTION: Parents Currently Receiving Cash Assistance from CalWorks

Starting January 1, 2022, if you receive cash assistance for your child or children through the CalWORKs program, the amount of the current month’s child support payment that is “passed through” to you may change from $50 up to $100 if you have one child, and up to $200 if you have two or more children living in the home. This is because the law that covers this “pass-through” has permanently changed. If the current child support collected is less than $100 for 1 child or less than $200 for 2 or more children, you will only receive the amount collected, NOT the increased amount. There is no action required and the increase will automatically start for child support collected on or after January 1, 2022. Have questions or want more information? Call us at (866) 901-3212 or visit childsupport.ca.gov/faq

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Ways to Reach Us During COVID!

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🚗Driver License Release Program is Here!!

No appointment needed, Visit any location

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POWER OUTAGE- We are experiencing intermittent connectivity issues

Thank you for your patience as we work on correcting this issue

We are experiencing a power outage at this time and we temporarily do not have access to our case system. We thank you in advance for your patience as we work on correcting this issue!

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Masks are required for all individuals in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccination status

December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022 (surgical masks or higher-level respirators are recommended)

Masking Requirements

The COVID-19 vaccines remain effective in preventing serious disease, hospitalization, and death from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Unvaccinated persons are more likely to get infected and spread the virus which is transmitted through the air and concentrates indoors. To ensure that we collectively protect the health and well-being of all Californians; keep schools open for in-person instruction; and allow California's economy to remain open and thrive, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021, through January 15, 2022).

 

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FREE Virtual Workshop: Debt Reduction Program 💵- New!!

Learn how you can reduce your child support debt!!!

RivCoDCSS is hosting a FREE Virtual Workshop. Join us live, August 19th, 2021, at 10:00 am!

We will provide up-to-date information regarding child support services and programs impacted by COVID-19 and we are featuring the new Debt Reduction Program and will share who may qualify and how to apply!

Thursday, August 19th, 2021 - Live at 10:00 am

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