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Injured spouses to get stimulus payments that were seized for child support


  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Sep. 01, 2020 - 10:07 PM

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Many married individuals who had their $1,200 economic impact payments seized for their spouse’s past-due child support will be getting their payments in the next few weeks.

The IRS will soon be sending these “catch-up” payments to about 50,000 individuals, according to an IRS press release.

The payments are set to be mailed in early-to-mid September. They will be mailed to any eligible spouse who submitted the Injured Spouse Allocation, Form 8379, with their 2019 federal income tax return or, in some cases, their 2018 return, according to the press release.

Those injured spouses do not need to take any action to get the money, according to the press release. The IRS will automatically issue the portion of the economic impact payment that was applied to the other spouse’s debt.

Some spouses didn’t fill out the Injured Spouse Allocation, even though they didn’t get their stimulus payment because of the spouse’s back child support.

Those individuals don’t need to take any action and don’t need to submit the Injured Spouse Allocation Form to get their payment, according to the IRS. The IRS will send those individuals their missing portion of the EIP, however, there is no timeline available for those payments.

Affected taxpayers can check the status of their payment by using the Get My Payment tool on IRS.gov .