CARES Act Rebates and Domestic Support Arrears

By Elizabeth Gunn, Assistant Attorney General, Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement, Bankruptcy Specialisti

In late April, the federal government began issuing economic impact rebate payments to qualifying individuals under the CARES Act. While the CARES Act specifically identified and exempted the rebate payments from reduction or offset against certain debts including federal taxes and student loans in default, the CARES Act did not exempt offset for unpaid domestic support obligations. Further, because of how the rebate payments are issued and processed by the IRS, the CARES Act did not provide Title I . . .

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