Stimulus checks boost child support

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

September 9, 2008

BOSTON (AP) -- Deadbeat parents around the country have
discovered that their economic stimulus checks from Washington are
being intercepted and funneled toward child support agencies.

Treasury Department figures obtained by The Associated Press
show that more than 1.4 million of the checks have been seized
since the payments began in the spring. A total of 831 million
dollars has been collected by child support agencies nationwide.

However, the parents who are owed child support won't
immediately see the money. And in some cases they may not receive
it at all, since parents who have had their checks taken can appeal
the decision.

The money is collected when the IRS crosschecks names of
deadbeat parents against those receiving stimulus checks. The IRS
then sends the parents' checks straight to state child support

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