Child Support

918-453-5444
childsupport1@cherokee.org
1511 Ketcher Street, Building C Tahlequah, OK 74464

Tax Offsets

Child Support Services often receives questions about tax returns taken for child support. We would like to take some time to provide you some Tax Offset basics:

  • What is a Tax Offset?
    • Tax Refunds are intercepted to pay off past due child support balances.
  • How does this affect me?
    • Federal and State tax refunds will be intercepted to pay past due child support balances. Intercepted monies will be applied to balances owed to the tribe or state prior to paying any past due balances owed to the custodial parties.

If you did not file a recent tax return, or you believe that you are the victim of identity theft, you should contact the IRS
immediately at:

Internal Revenue Service
Identity Protection Specialized Unit
1-800-908-4490

Frequently Asked Questions

Whose tax refunds are offset?

Only child support cases receiving services through a State/Tribal Child Support Agency are eligible for Federal Tax Refund Offset. There are minimum requirements for a child support case to be referred for federal tax offset.

Referrals for Tax Refund Offsets can be made by State/Tribal Child Support agencies to recover TANF or Title IV-E Foster Care monies expended for past due child support balances. (See your TANF/Title IV-E Foster Care program to know if they recover funds expended)

CNOCSS will submit a Tax Offset referral for any past due balances of $1000 owed to custodial parties. These balances could be from a single case or added together from multiple cases. The balances will remain referred for tax offset until past due balances fall below $0.

How do I know if my child support case was referred for tax offset?

Every month all eligible cases are sent to the IRS. If a case is referred to the IRS for offset, a Pre-Offset Notice will be mailed to the taxpayer. A tax refund can be offset for past-due child support even if the Pre-Offset Notice was not sent to a current address.  You can also contact your case worker to discuss your referral status.

What can you tell me about the other parent’s tax filing status?

Please understand that child support staff are limited by Federal law and cannot discuss the specific details of the other parent’s tax filing status.

The IRS has very specific guidelines that require State child support agencies to safeguard federal tax information (FTI).

How do Tax Offsets affect me?

Federal and State tax refunds will be intercepted to pay past due child support balances. Intercepted monies will be applied to balances owed to the tribe or state prior to paying any past due balances owed to the custodial parties.

Am I eligible for only one tax intercept?

It is possible that multiple tax intercepts could happen.

Do I need to pay for child support since they are taking my taxes?

Yes, you should continue to make your monthly current child support payments. Tax Offsets are used to pay past due balances and not current monthly obligations.

What happens if child support past due balances are lower than the tax refund?

Federal law determines how any money that is offset from a tax refund will be applied to child support balances.  The tax refund offset will be applied to all State/Tribal owed balances if the children have received cash assistance in the past and a debt is still owed. Any remaining funds will be applied to the custodial parties’ past-due child support balances including interest. Once all balances are paid in full, the remaining offset funds will be refunded to the party whose taxes were intercepted.