Intercepting State Tax Refunds
When a parent obligated to pay support is entitled to a State tax refund and owes more than $25 in past-due child support, the State tax refund money is sent to Child Support Services.
A letter from the State Tax Commission notifies the parent that the tax refund is being held. This paperwork contains how to request an administrative review.
This money can be used to pay current and past-due child support.
How long are state tax refunds held?
State tax refunds are held for 30 days to allow for processing to allow time for the parties to file for an administrative review. A request for an administrative review can be faxed to 208-332-7367 or sent via mail within 14 days to be considered. Only half of a joint return can be released, regardless of who made the income (per Idaho code 56-203D (1) (E)).
Can I apply my state tax refund to my case immediately?
To apply a tax refund to a case sooner than the processing period, the parent obligated to pay support calls 1-800-356-9868.
What if the parent receiving the state tax refund lives in another state?
If the parent ordered to receive support lives in another state, Idaho sends the State tax refund directly to the other parent or to another state to distribute to the other parent. Whether the payment is sent directly is based on the types of services that have been requested from Child Support Services.
Similarly, if another state intercepts a tax return, a State tax refund is sent to the parent ordered to receive support either from the state where the other parent lives or through Idaho Child Support Services.