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Can tax refunds be affected by back child support?

If you are obligated to pay child support, you may have difficulty making your payments for numerous reasons. For example, you might be trying to recover from a medical issue that you never saw coming or you could have lost your job. In Peoria, and other Illinois cities, failing to pay child support can have dire consequences, which is why you should try to look into any options that may be available. For example, unpaid child support could affect your taxes.

Those who owe a certain amount of back child support may have their tax refund intercepted, according to the Administration for Children & Families. In fact, falling behind on child support can not only result in the interception of tax refunds from the federal government, but at the state level as well. The ACF says that these interceptions are carried out in attempt to gather payments that have been missed. Moreover, unpaid child support can result in other consequences, including the denial of a passport, the garnishment of wages, and even the suspension of a driver's license.

Non-custodial parents may encounter an array of hurdles related to child support and some may be unsure of their rights. If you are going through this on a personal level, you should try to carefully go over any options that may be on the table. If you are able to get caught up, you may be able to avoid some of the setbacks related to child support delinquency, although this is not possible for everyone.

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